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6 Common Mobility Home Renovations in Ottawa

If you need to make your home more accessible for you, a senior loved one or another family member who’s experiencing limitations with mobility, Renosgroup.ca can help make any adjustments you need. If you’re unsure what these home renovations involve, here are some of the most common mobility renovations in Ottawa to consider.

 

Widening Doorways


Doorways can become a major hindrance if you or your loved one depends on a wheelchair, especially in older homes. If a wheelchair or walker is a bit too wide to fit through the doorway, we can help to
resize the entrance and add a few more inches of space.

 

Ramp Installations


Ramps are one of the most common mobility renovations we complete. While this type of renovation isn’t major, if your front porch and exterior are uniquely situated, we can find a viable solution to install a ramp and rails so you or your loved one can enter and exit safely.

 

Lowering Countertops


Making the kitchen more accessible is essential to perform daily tasks without limitations. This type of renovation can involve lowering the countertops and cabinets, rearranging appliances to make it easier to reach them, and placing the sink and stovetop at a lower level too.

 

Adjusting the Bathroom


The bathroom can require several adjustments to make grooming and bathing easier as well. This can involve a lower vanity and sink, grab bars, a step-in shower with grab bars and a seat, and a raised toilet seat with handles.

 

Accessible Closets


Getting dressed can be a challenge when clothing is hung up too high in the closet. Storing items in dressers is always an option, but some clothing may still need to be hung up. In this case, an accessible closet can help with lower rods and shelving that are located only a few feet from the floor.

 

Flooring


If you have carpet and rugs throughout the home, this can create hazardous situations for tripping, and it can also make it harder to move around with a wheeler or walker. New flooring that’s either hardwood, ceramic tile or vinyl is a much better option to eliminate those risks and hazards.

If you need mobility home renovations in Ottawa, our team at Renosgroup.ca can make it happen. Get in touch with us today, or call us at (613) 727-9427 to learn more about our services, rates and how we can help make your home more accessible.

All About our Mobility Renovations

You don’t have to leave your home because of your mobility issues. We can help remodel your home to make it safer and more accessible for you or a loved one. We specialize in mobility renovations and can help you with the design. Here’s more about our mobility renovations and how they can enhance the comfort and functionality in your own home.

More Space


Many homes are ill-equipped for those with mobility limitations. And most homes don’t have the open space that is required for fitting scooters or wheelchairs through doorways. At RenosGroup.ca, we can build wider doorways so that you can get more space to move your mobility equipment in and out of your home with ease.

Better Access


When you have a mobility limitation, it can be difficult to access cabinets, countertops, and tables like you used to. That’s why we offer custom built counters, table tops, and bathroom fixtures, as well as easy to grip handles for doors and drawers that puts everything back in arms reach.

Improved Safety


Routine tasks also become difficult when your mobility is restricted. Things that were once easy to navigate suddenly become complicated. The stairs become a hazard and taking a shower becomes a risk. Thankfully, we can help improve the safety of your home. With brighter lighting for improved visibility, reflective non-slip tape on stairs, and shower stall and bathroom seats, we can help you feel safe and secure in your home again.

Ease of Movement


A renovation can further improve how you get around and enhance your overall movement. Some of the most common renovations include adding handrails on both sides of steps, non-slip floor coverings, and installing handheld shower devices that can provide more independence at home.

Affordable Prices


You don’t have to let your mobility issues cause you to leave your home. We offer affordable pricing and professional, quality service. And you never pay for our consultation service. We will come and access your needs for free.

Industry Knowledge


We have the industry experience you need. We thoroughly understand mobility conditions and what mobility aiding products are best to suit your individual needs. Our team will meet directly with you at your home so we can clearly understand your current limitations and how we can help you overcome them.

At renosgroup.ca, we strive to make your home safer and more comfortable for you. We specialize in mobility renovations and enhancing accessibility so you can enjoy your home for many more years to come. Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 today for more details!

How To Make A Home Safe For Aging Parent

It is human nature to care for our parents. When parents get older, there is the prospect of them moving back in with their kids. While the children may be more than willing to accept their parents into their home, their house may be less forthcoming. Like it or not, many homes in the Ottawa are not safe for aging parents. This becomes abundantly clear when tackling issues of mobility within the house. With that in mind, let’s review some of the ways you can make your home safer for an aging parent.

1. Design With A Purpose

Mobility within a home serves a variety of purposes. Chief among these is the ability to navigate the house in case there is an emergency. Having a clear fire-escape route should be your top priority when designing around an aging parent. This can mean a wide range of things, including proper ramps if your parent is in a wheelchair, a widening of the doors, and fire extinguishers. Also, consider how reliable your handrails are and possibly replace them with a sturdier alternative that an aged loved one can utilize with all their weight if the need arises.

2. Consider Lighting

Even the most mobile houses can become dangerous if poorly lit. With this in mind, try to make hallways in particular well lit. This will help aging parents navigate the house and reduce the chances of falls or other injury. In addition to hallways, focus your attention on porches, outside walkways, and stairways. Having more than one light switch can make accessing the lights easier for an aged parent, saving them the risk of navigating a room in the dark while looking for a switch.

3. Make Your Bathroom Friendly

When responding to the call of nature, aging parents may be in a rush to use the restroom. Making your bathroom friendly is one of the best ways to also make your home safe. Installing grab handles in the bathroom is a popular and easy way to make the bathroom more accommodating. Non-skid mats are also a cheap and effective way to make the bathroom less slippery, reducing the chances of a slip and fall. Finally, consider things like shower chairs and bath benches for when they shower as this can reduce the stress they feel and reduce their risk of injury as well.

RenosGroup.ca are the mobility renovations experts in Ottawa. Contact us, or give us a call at (613)727-9427 today for a free in-home consultation.

Renovations That Maintain Seniors Independence

As our health and lives change, so do our housing needs. Across Canada, the overwhelming majority of seniors prefer doing renovations in order to continue to live safely and independently in their own homes for as long as possible.Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has a number of tips on how to renovate a home to keep pace with changing needs, so seniors can stay safe, independent — and in their own home — longer, including:Repair holes or uneven joints in walkways that could cause tripping.Replace steep slopes with steps or a low-slope ramp.Add a ramp to bypass existing steps.Install light fixtures or floodlights with easily accessible switches to illuminate entrances, steps and walkways.Repair all unsafe stair handrails.Install handrails on both sides of the stairways.Replace worn or loose coverings and mark the edges of stairs with a permanent stripe in a contrasting colour.If you are planning a renovation on the stairs in your current home, or building a new home that has stairs, make sure that the back vertical portion of the step (the rise) is not too high and that the horizontal part of the step (the tread) has adequate depth.If you live in a two-storey home, consider creating a bedroom, a full bathroom, and having the clothes washer and dryer on the ground floor.Reduce the height of, or eliminate, high door thresholds at room entrances.Use a contrasting colour or texture on the edge of the floor wherever there is a change in the floor level.Adjust sinks, counters and cupboards to a more convenient height.Create a knee-space underneath sinks to allow you to work from a seated position (making sure to insulate any exposed hot-water pipes first).Install grab bars within easy reach of the bathroom sink and toilet and in the bathtub.Install non-slip flooring in the bathroom and in the bathtub.Install single-lever faucets to more easily control water flow and temperature.Add or lower rods or shelves in closets, and add off-floor shelves near entrances for shoes and boots.Repair windows and sliding doors so that they can open and close easily.Consider installing easy-to-grasp door handles, easy-to-operate door locks, as well as security grilles at windows that are vulnerable to forced entry.Lastly, if you have an aging parent, relative or friend, you may want to consider adding a garden suite on the same lot as your home. Garden suites are small, prefabricated, portable and self-contained homes that enable seniors to live close to their relatives or friends, while maintaining their independence and privacy — and giving family members or friends greater peace of mind.For more information or free copies of the CMHC Self-Assessment Guide Maintaining Seniors’ Independence Through Home Adaptations, the fact sheet Preventing Falls on Stairs fact sheets on universal design ideas that can make your home safer and easier to live in, or for general information on CMHC’s renovation programs, including those for garden suites, call CMHC at 1-800-668-2642 or visit CMHC’s Web site at www.cmhc.ca. For over 60 years, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has been Canada’s national housing agency, and a source of objective, reliable housing expertise.To get in touch to schedule renovations, you can fill out an online form or give us a call at (613) 727-9427.
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