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1 Supporting Aging Adults with Developmental Disabilities Home Adaptations

2 This training was made possible by generous grants from the New Jersey Council on Developmental Disabilities and from Spectrum for Living’s Endowment Fund.

3 The information for this presentation was adapted from the manual, “A Home For Life: Home Modifications for Aging in Place with an Intellectual Disability,” by Richard V. Olsen, Ph.D and B. Lynn Hutchings, M.Arch.

4 Older people need more light, and they also have more difficulty adjusting from one light level to another. Walking from a well-lit house into the dark can be difficult and dangerous.

5  Driveway  Flat, wide, and level and not-too-steep is safer whether or not the person uses a wheelchair, cane or walker  Steps  All steps need railings on both sides  Rectangular steps are ideal; other shapes are dangerous  Walkways/Entrances  Free from trees/shrubs that obstruct access

6  Ramps should have:  Non-skid surfaces  Cylindrical railings on both sides  A smooth transition to the sidewalk at the bottom or to the porch/landing/vehicle at the top  Additional space for opening the door if there is an entry at the top of the ramp  A lip or curb on the sides of the ramp to prevent the wheelchair from veering off the ramp  Proper width between ramp railings  A landing with ample turning space

7  Design/Redesign Tips  Repair/repave all uneven walkways  Re-grade walkways to create a more gradual incline, or install a cylindrical railing for a steeper incline, or steps  Repair or repave transitions between different walking surfaces  Remove steps (if possible) and re-grade the walkway  Mail boxes should be accessible  Patios and pathways should be free of tripping hazards

8  Clutter is a serious concern for the entire house  No telephones on stair landings. People could trip and fall down the stairs in their haste to reach a ringing telephone  Ensure that older people are able to easily open/close the windows in their homes and in their bedrooms

9  Night lights  Low (preferably no) thresholds on door sills.  Handrails in hallways  Sunken rooms that have steps must have handrails or grab bars.  Hallways and doorways must be wide enough to accommodate wheelchairs.  Tripping hazards should be corrected or removed

10  Anti-skid strips at the end of each stair tread  Stair treads should be the same size and in good condition  Top and bottom steps clearly marked  Secure handrails on both sides of the stairs  Carpets should be in good condition and firmly tacked down  A grab bar at the top of the stairway  Low hanging ceiling beams should be padded in a bright color to remind tall people to duck their heads

11  Furniture problems to correct or avoid:  Furniture with hard, sharp edges  Chairs and sofas that are too low, too soft and/or armless  Too many pieces of furniture (and throw rugs)  Wheelchair accessibility

12  Drawers should not be too high or too low for people to reach into and retrieve items  Repair broken or sticking drawers  Explore the use of open shelving to make clothes more accessible  Use “C” pulls  Beds adjusted to the appropriate height  Bedside table  Grab bars/poles  Wheelchair accessibility

13  The bathroom is the most dangerous room  Tight spaces  Hard Surfaces  Slippery Surfaces  Sharp edges  Lack of bars/railings to use

14  General Renovations  Replace bathtubs with walk-in or roll-in showers  Install a hand-held shower head  Utilize a shower seat  Provide a shower caddy for each reach of toiletries  Remove old shower doors  If small, consider making the entire room part of the shower by installing additional floor drainage  A wall hung toilet increases the floor area and provides more room for a wheelchair or walker  Install toilet arms to lift on/off the toilet

15  General Renovations  Grab bars ▪ Using the towel bar or soap dish as grab bars is dangerous. Install grab bars so that the bar is the first object within reach.  Easily accessible hooks on doors/walls  Easy-to-reach/locate shelves for toiletries  Replace door knobs with lever handles  Install anti-scald devices to control temperature  Sensor faucets for sinks ▪ Use “double cueing” on faucets  Cover all pipes attached to wheelchair-accessible sinks

16  Lower shelves and cabinets to make things easier to reach  Raise dishwashers for wheelchair access  Install a “lazy susan” in corner cabinets  Replace drawer/cabinet knobs with ‘C’ pull handles  Grabbers can help people reach light weight items  Use/purchase stoves with knobs in front.  Install kitchen sink faucets on the side of the sink  Anti-scald devices for kitchen sink

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