HELP FOR OUR ELDERLY PATIENTS

34 recommended renovation measures that make life easier

Outside area

Outside area

  • Ramp construction incl. rail at house entrance
  • Installation of automatic door opener
  • Install an intercom system at eye level and sunk door mats at ground level
  • Attach a second handrail on the staircase

Corridor

Corridor

  • Elimination of doorsteps in the corridor, even on the balcony
  • Widening doors for safe movement with a wheelchair
  • Laying carpets and flooring without edges
  • Covering exposed cables
  • Using antistatic floor coverings

Bathroom

Bathroom

  • Bathroom conversion with raised toilet and walk-in shower
  • Installation of plug sockets at eye level
  • Installation of wheelchair-accessible wash basins
  • Installation of height-adjustable shower heads
  • Installation of a seat in the shower
  • Attachment of grab rails and handrails

Kitchen

Kitchen

  • Use of lowerable wall units
  • Enlargement of work surfaces
  • Installation of electrical window openings
  • Installation of a lighting system with 500 Lux illumination level
  • Installation of an oven with easy-wipe ceramic hobs
  • Laying a rough floor covering to minimise the risk of slipping
  • Installation of an oven timer switch so that the oven switches off automatically after a certain time

Living Room

Living Room

  • Laying carpets and flooring without edges
  • Anti-glare illumination from stairs to upper floor
  • Armchair and sofa should not be too low or soft

Stairs

Stairs

  • Affixing handrails on both sides, which are not interrupted
  • Laying a high-contrast stair carpet
  • Handrails should protrude a little beyond the end of the stairs
  • Installation of light diodes above bottom steps and pedestals
  • Change of material on upper and lower stair ends

Garden

Garden

  • Ground-level paths, max. 3% longitudinal slope and 2% cross slope
  • Choose suitable floor coverings, asphalt, concrete, artificial stone slabs, natural stone slabs
  • Electric motors for awnings, possibly with sensors that automatically pull them in

Further information can be requested from www.vpb.de, Barrier-free preliminary building measures,

or from the central office of the national association (Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft) for home adaptation:

 

Wohnungsanpassung e.V

Müdenstr. 48

13187 Berlin

Phone: 030 - 47 53 17 19

 

Sketches and checklists for barrier-free building measures can be found in the vpb brochure!