General Features throughout the House to consider when modification is in need
*An activity areas for eating, sleeping, and bathing should be on one floor that is reached without using stairs. using stairs. Additions to the house should not require going up or down a step.
* A lever-style door handle is easier to use than a round knob.
* Hallways at least 36 inches wide (preferably 48 inches wide) allow access to bedrooms and bathrooms by persons bathrooms by persons using mobility devices.
* Light switches should be located within easy reach at the entrance of each room and should be reachable from a seated position (36 to 42 inches from the floor).
* Electrical outlets should be located at a height reachable from a seated position (15 or more inches from the floor) and in enough locations to eliminate the need for extension cords.
* At least one telephone should be located where it be accessible to a person who is unable to stand. Telephone jacks in the kitchen, living area, and bedroom allow residents to install telephones in accessible locations that meet their health needs.
* Sills of windows in the living, dining, and bedroom areas should be no higher than 30 inches so that a person seated or lying in bed can see outdoors. Windows should be easy to open.
*There should be good, even lighting throughout the house. Light fixtures, lamps, and window treatments should be selected and placed to avoid glare on smooth surfaces.
*Smoke detectors should be located on each floor of the house, especially near the bedrooms.
* Thermostats with readable numbers, large print, and good contrast should be located so a seated person can adjust them (no higher than 48 inches from the floor)
* Flooring materials should be hard, even surfaces or tightly woven, low pile carpeting over a thin pad.