Types of Adaptations Available
Adaptations to buildings can come in a range of forms and can be can anything from altering and adapting existing infrastructure to home redesigns. Adaptations to a property can range from anything from wet room installation, level access bathroom installation, toilet adaptations, specialist toilets, bio bidet installations, door widening, disabled ramp installation and garage conversions. Carrying out adaptations on properties is a great way to improve quality of life for people who may suffer from a disability or older people who are struggling with normal day to day tasks. Whether it be a temporary solution or a permanent alterations, adaptations can make a big difference in a person’s quality of life, giving them more freedom and independence or providing a more manageable way for a person’s carers to look after them.
Plumbing Related Adaptations
There are various plumbing based building adaptations that can make a difference in disabled people’s lives such as wet rooms installations, level access bathrooms, toilet adaptations, specialist toilets for disabled people and bio bidet installation. When considering an adaptation it is important to consult with professional plumbers to ensure that you have the necessary space to install the adaptation and you’re choosing the right adaptation to suit the needs of the person it is required for, sometimes adaptations also require builders assistance so using a company that carries out both plumbing and building work will help provide you with a smoother adaptation process.
Wet rooms are designed to be installed in existing bathrooms, it is the process of having a shower that is open or set behind a wall or single panel providing, the floor will also be flush with the rest of the bathroom providing open and easy access for the person using it, a drainage outlet will also be installed into the floor so the water can drain away without flooding the bathroom. Disabled toilet adaptations can be installed into existing bathrooms, wetrooms or new toilets can be installed in spaces such as cloakrooms or an unused part of a room. Adaptations to toilets such as plinths, support frames, rubberised toilet seats, commode chairs and rails can help provide easier use and independence for disabled people. Specialist toilet installations can provide users with automatic flushing and warm air drying allowing for reduced hand contact with the facilities. Adaptations such as bio bidets can be installed onto existing toilet systems, they allow for remote access of of the seat, and will wash and dry the user after. Adaptations allow for more independent use of bathroom facilities for disabled people.
Building Related Adaptations
Some adaptations for disabled people allow more work to properties and can include anything from re design of rooms, conversions of rooms or existing spaces into useful and more independent spaces for disabled people to use. These adaptations can include building work such as door widening, disabled ramp installation or garage conversion. Adaptation related building work can be independent work carried out on the home or can be work related to plumbing adaptations such as a door might need widening for a room where a wet room is being installed. That’s why its easier to use a company where they carry out both plumbing and building adaptations as the tradesmen can work in conjunction with each others schedules, providing you with a smoother adaptation process.
Adaptations such as door widening can help improve the access to a home or a room that a disabled person might use, door widening is a popular adaptation for people who use wheelchairs as it allows them to move through rooms more easily. In some cases a building notice application may be needed, but this is something most professional builders will either help you with or take care of for you. Disabled ramps can either be a temporary or permanent adaptations to properties such as metal ramps or concrete ramps. Metal ramps are genuinely a temporary adaptation or used a more cost effective solution to give access to homes, which allows for easier access to homes for wheelchair users and disabled people who suffer with mobility issues. Whereas concrete ramps are considered to be a more permanent and safer solution, which usually require planning permission. Professional building companies will come out to your home to best assess your needs for which ramp will best suit your needs. For easier access to the home and to provide more independence for disabled people, garage conversions are ideal they can be transformed into a range of rooms such as bedrooms, bathrooms, both or even a self contained flat.
Who Can Benefit from Adaptations and How They Can Improve Quality of Life
Adaptations can vastly improve a disabled person quality of life and their independence around the home. Adaptations to doors such as widening them, allows for wheelchair users to be able to move in, out and around the home more easily and providing them with more personal independence. Ramps to homes allow for disabled people who use wheelchairs or have mobility problems ease of access into home. Bathroom adaptations to toilets and shower facilities allow disabled people to use the bathroom facilities independently or can make it easier for family or carers to assist in their day to day care needs more easily. Adaptations to the home don’t just make it easier for disabled people to use and have access to facilities and rooms around the house but it improves their quality of life by giving them more independence it improve both their physical strength and emotional state, giving them a better quality of life all around.