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Home Modification for Balance and Coordination Problems

One of our client mother suffered from loss of balance and coordination. She is very unstable 
 
when standing or walking, and thus at risk of falling. Most of the time she will shuffle with the to 
 
prevent o the risk of falling. She have difficulty raising or lowering herself from chairs, beds, and 
 
toilet.
 
Issues of balance and coordination is difficult for a person to walk without any assistance. Beds 
 
may be too high, chairs and toilet seats too low for her to stand up and sit down easily. There is 
 
also a great risk of tripping on carpeting, stairs, or thresholds. Please read more for our suggested modifications.
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Making Your Bathroom More Accessible For The New Year

·         Bathroom should be located near a bedroom.

·         Bathroom doors should be at least 32 inches wide with no obstruction.

·         Bathrooms with clear floor space, at least 5 feet by 5 feet, can be easier for persons in wheelchairs to use.

·         Grab bars should be considered a MUST a safety feature in the bathroom.

·         Handles on faucets should have lever style knobs for easier use.

·         A shower stall should have a built-in or folding seat for bathing/showering comfort.

·         Hand-held shower heads with track are easy to use for either a standing or seated person.

·         Bathroom must have a nonslip surfaces with traction in the bathroom to prevent falls.

·         Sinks and vanities that are open underneath to allow seated persons to use them easily.

·         Anti-scald devices must be installed to prevents burns.

 
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