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Home for the Holidays: Ensuring Safety & Independence

Updated: Apr 17

The holiday season is a time for family gatherings, joy, and gratitude. It's also a time when many of us make the journey to visit our aging parents or relatives, often noticing subtle changes that may have occurred over the past year. For some, these changes might include a loved one facing mobility challenges that require additional home safety modifications. At times, it's not until we spend extended periods in their living spaces that we realize the need for adjustments to ensure their safety and comfort.

As we gather to celebrate the holidays, it's crucial to be attentive to the living conditions of our older family members, especially those with limited mobility. Simple modifications can make a significant difference in enhancing someone's quality of life and maintaining their independence. This is where BuildABLE comes in – a company committed to accessible design and renovations that transform living spaces to meet the unique needs of individuals facing mobility challenges.

Key Modifications to Look For:

1.Handrails: Does it look like a loved one is struggling to grab on to the side of a wall when navigating stairs? Installing sturdy handrails along staircases and hallways provides essential support for those with mobility difficulties, preventing slips and falls.

2. Tub Cut Outs: If you notice a family member having challenges lifting their legs or transfering up from a chair - chances are they may also be

struggling in the bathroom. Traditional tubs can pose a challenge for individuals with mobility issues. Tub cut outs are an affordable option that create a lowered entry point, making it easier and safer to step into and out of the bathtub.

3. Grab Bars: Strategically placed grab bars in bathrooms and other areas of the house offer stability and support for individuals with mobility challenges, reducing the risk of falls.

4. Ramps: Overcoming steps or uneven surfaces can be a hurdle for those using mobility aids. Ramps provide a smooth transition between different levels, ensuring easy access for everyone. And if you're visiting family in Canada, you might want to consider a ramp that is either in a garage or covered from our snowy winters.

5. Accessible Bathrooms: The gold standard for safety for those with mobility challenges. A fully accessible bathroom is designed with features such as roll-in showers, adjustable sinks, and properly placed fixtures to accommodate those with limited mobility. Although this option can take more time and money to plan and execute - it's one of the best investments to keep someone's independence at home.

6. Adaptive Kitchens: Are loved ones using stools or chairs to reach different cabinets? Do they tire more easily and would benefit from sitting down to cook? Kitchens can be challenging for individuals with mobility issues. Adaptive kitchen designs by BuildABLE focus on creating accessible spaces with lowered countertops, pull-out shelves, and easily reachable appliances.

How We Can Help:

BuildABLE is a leader in accessible design and renovations, specializing in creating living spaces that promote inclusivity and independence. Their team of experts understands the unique needs of individuals facing mobility challenges and works closely with clients to tailor solutions that enhance both safety and functionality.

Whether it's installing handrails, creating a roll-in shower, or adapting the kitchen for ease of use, BuildABLE is dedicated to making homes welcoming and accessible for everyone. With a commitment to quality craftsmanship and a client-centered approach, BuildABLE ensures that each modification meets the specific needs of the individual, allowing them to live comfortably in their own space.

This holiday season, consider the gift of accessibility for your loved ones. By being proactive and addressing the need for home safety modifications, you're not only ensuring a more comfortable environment but also promoting a sense of autonomy and dignity for those you care about. Visit BuildABLE's website at to learn more about their services and how they can transform your loved one's living space into a safe and accessible haven for the holidays and beyond.


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