As the weather brightens and the day warms, you yearn to be outside. Feeling the sun on your face, the warm breeze in your hair, and hearing the birds sing their return from their winter hida-away can stir a restlessness inside that won’t go away until you satisfy it. However, if you are limited by mobility, enjoying the outdoors isn’t as easy as going outside and going for a walk.
Able Care Group has put our hearts and souls into providing the best wheelchair ramps, stairlifts, and vertical platform lifts for our customers and their families. We pride ourselves on offering the best customer service, which is why we offer 24/7 support when you need it the most. Below, we’ll go over some tips on how to make your backyard wheelchair accessible, and call us today to learn more about our wheelchair ramps.
TIPS TO MAKE YOUR BACKYARD WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE
Make Everything Level
One of the key features of having a handicap-friendly backyard is to have everything level. Whether your guests or family is in a wheelchair or using a walker, going up and down stairs is difficult either way. While having terraces looks pretty, keep your walkways and sitting area flat for easy mobility.
Wheelchairs need a wider path than someone walking needs. Even those using walkers take up more space than a single-track walkway provides. Thus, when designing your backyard, make your paths extra wide and ensure your plants don’t spill over into the path. If you have a pool, Able Care Group in New Jersey recommends that you leave a wide berth all the way around it for access.
You’ll want to carefully consider the material your walkways and paths are made from. Paving stones have spaces in-between them where wheelchairs and walkers can get stuck. Gravel is a safety hazard, too prone to causing slips or falls, especially if you are on crutches. Mulch is not a good surface to walk on even when you have no mobility issues. Wood can be used, but wood usually is made from slats with spacing in-between them as well. This can cause both wheelchair wheels and walkers to get stuck. Plus, wood when wet is a slipping hazard as well.
Your best bet on disability-friendly material for your backyard is to choose concrete. It’s flat with no cracks (hopefully) and is long-lasting. It’s usually slip-resistant, and you can add in color with stamped concrete if you like. Tile can look good as well. Both are easy to walk on and roll over and should give you, your guests, or your family no trouble at all.
Leave a Spot at the Table
One of the biggest problems of being in a wheelchair is sitting at a table. It can be hard to find the right height, and if the table is too small, you can take up all the room, leaving everyone else feeling cramped. Feeling comfortable is important to those with disabilities, and you can ensure your guests or relatives have plenty of space when choosing the right sized table with them in mind.
You should have a great entryway into your home from your backyard that is convenient for those in wheelchairs and walkers in case they need to use the restroom, escape the mosquitoes, or escape the heat of the day. Some homes are built with a tiny step to the outside, in which case, investing in a threshold ramp would probably be your best bet. These small ramps are designed to make entry and exit in and out of a doorway easy. They are small, simple, and sturdy, allowing anyone with mobility issues safe passage in and out of buildings.
Install Ramps or Platform Lifts
Sometimes you can’t manipulate your yard. Thus, you’ll have to manipulate the access points. The best way to do this is by installing ramps or platform lifts in your backyard to make it accessible for those in wheelchairs. For example, if you have natural hills or valleys in your yard, a ramp can make sense to get those in wheelchairs or those with mobility issues from one place to another. If your deck is on the second level of your home, a platform lift would make sense so the person could be raised and lowered as they saw fit.
CHOOSE ABLE CARE GROUP FOR ALL OF YOUR OUTDOOR RAMP AND LIFT NEEDS
There is truly no reason why those with disabilities or mobility issues should not be able to enjoy the great outdoors and nature as they should. You can do your part by making your outdoor space welcoming and inviting for those with disabilities. Another benefit besides helping those with disabilities enjoy your space is that you can now advertise your home as wheelchair-friendly and accessible. Being that not many houses can say that and there is a need for it, your home can instantly go up in value because of it.
Having a backyard that can be enjoyed by all and is all inclusive is extremely satisfying. Able Care Group in New Jersey has been helping people with mobility issues or those who want to help those with mobility issues by installing and maintaining stairlifts, vertical platform ramps, and wheelchair ramps. Our mission is to help those with disabilities get around easily and safely.
All of our lift mechanisms come with 24-hour support should you need it, 7 days a week. We offer 100% satisfaction guarantee for 100 days. We offer fast evaluations of your home or business so we can install your chosen mobility aid device quickly. We are a locally-owned family business that cares about our community. We offer 0% financing for up to six months for those that qualify, as well as discounts on all of our lifts for veterans. We are committed to serving you with friendly, personal, and professional service. Call us today in the New Jersey area to get all of your questions answered and to get started.