How much do you really know about home accessibility? There is a lot of misconception and downright fear about modifying the home. Movies like “The Money Pit” or “Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House” promise you’ll go broke or crazy! On the other end of the spectrum are medical rehab lists of do-it-yourself tasks (tacking down throw-rugs) and off-the shelf purchases (grabbers), suggesting that renovations aren’t even necessary. What’s a homeowner to do when the home suddenly seems full of hazards?
Surely, any construction project is a daunting endeavor, but illness and injury complicate everything. The urgency of a medical condition raises the stakes, while medications can cloud thinking. Aging is full of surprises, and many people would prefer the old-and-familiar over the new-and-improved version any time. Asking others what to do doesn’t help, when everyone has different advice. Let’s try to distinguish between myth and reality.
Myth 1: Accessible equals Institutional!
An accessible home is a home first, and warrants the same attention to detail and quality as any renovation.