Presentation on theme: "Design for Elderly and Disabled Environments: Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible Stairs Part 8 of 10."— Presentation transcript:
Design for Elderly and Disabled Environments: Making Homes More Comfortable and Accessible Stairs Part 8 of 10
Contents Common Barriers Remodeled Stairs Treads and Risers Railings Drop-Offs Additional Changes Replacing Stairs
Common Barriers Handrail is mounted too high for many users. Stairs lack handrails with horizontal extension at both ends of the railing. Unprotected drop-off Slick tread coverings, surfaces, or finishes offer poor traction.
Common Barriers Handrail design is difficult to grip. Handrail is too far from the wall, leaving space to wedge an arm during a fall. Stairway is poorly lighted.
Remodeled Stairs Handrails are shaped to provide a continuous, easily gripped surface. Light fixtures in dark stairways improve safety and usability. A handrail extension can turn a corner at the top of the stairs.
Treads and Risers Select stair coverings and finishes that offer good traction Contrasting colors may help distinguish between riser and tread Rounded nosings may be used instead of square, sharper ones