Over 350,000 Albertans have some sort of disability, with mobility and dexterity challenges making up the vast majority of that number. For people living with these challenges, accessibility is key to their health, safety, and comfort. In addition to ramps, modified furniture, or even widened doorways, there are some lesser-known electrical updates that can significantly improve someone’s ability to move around and live within their home. Here are the top 3 upgrades our team of licensed electricians can do to improve accessibility.
A proper lighting design goes a long way to keeping you and your loved ones safe. Not only does this reduce the risk of accidents occurring in dimly lit spaces, but the right lighting can actually improve your mood. This is especially important for those with disabilities that reduce or entirely prevent the amount of time they can spend outside in natural light. Our electricians can assess your current lighting design to ensure that each room has an adequate amount of natural-looking light in addition to spotlighting those areas that may need more illumination.
Switch and Outlet Placement
In standard construction, light fixture wall switches are installed somewhere between 48 and 52 inches above the floor. This has to do with wallboard installation as well as average adult height. That being said, the standard does not take into account those with mobility challenges or other conditions that make those areas hard to reach. We can alter the existing placement of switches and outlets to make them more accessible. Because this involves adjusting entire receptacles, it is definitely a job best left to the professionals.
Easy-to-Use Switches & Controls
Toggle or dial switches may not be suitable for people with movement limiting or even visual disabilities. This includes light switches, appliance controls, or any type of electrical remote. Because so many things in our homes are controlled through these devices, it is important that they are accessible for all members of the house. As a solution, there are several different types of adaptive switches that can help meet a variety of needs. Joysticks, straws, and even sound-activated switches are available on the market. We can work with you to determine the best switch solution, or a combination of, for your unique situation.
Your home should be a safe place for you and your loved ones. Whether you’re a caregiver or someone living with a disability, we can help make changes to your electrical system that will improve the quality of life you experience inside your home. Talk to one of our experts today for a consultation!