6 Simple DIY Home Improvements for Emergency Extra Care
Building a wooden wheelchair ramp can be a major undertaking that requires permits and hours of labor. If you need to quickly install a ramp to access the front door with a wheelchair or walker, an aluminum ramp is good alternative.
"They are great for emergencies," Clason says. "They go up fast and are super stable."
You can often rent aluminum ramps and, depending on local building codes, you may not need a permit to install one, since it's not a permanent structure. That also means the ramp can be easily folded up and returned when it's no longer needed.
Loud knows that installing a stair lift chair is the safest way for her to go from her home's main floor to the second story, and she's vetting contractors to install the device.
"It's not as expensive as you might think," she says.
The simple construction project can also prolong your ability to age in an existing home.
"Chair lifts … are another option to maintain the independence of people who cannot climb stairs and do not wish or cannot convert a first-floor room into a bedroom," Volpi says. "The ability to age in place is the goal when making your home safer and more accessible."
Melissa Rayworth is a contributing writer whose work has been published by media outlets including the Associated Press. She is also a communications consultant working with foundations and nonprofits.
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