In the Living Room and Bedroom
In the living room and bedroom, arranging furniture so that it creates open space and clear passage. Avoid having lots of side tables and other small pieces of furniture that clutter pathways. Place the bed where it is easily accessible to a person in a wheelchair. Install bedside rails to make getting in and out easier, or purchase a hospital bed for maximum maneuverability. Place the telephone where it is easily accessible. Carry a cell phone or cordless phone; hands-free headsets are also very convenient. Make outlets and light switches accessible with extension devices. Install an intercom system to make room-to-room communication easier. Use remote-control blinds. Avoid chairs and sofas that allow you to sink into them or that have slanted backs; the ideal height for seating surfaces is between 19-20 inches. Lower closet rails if you need to reach clothes from a scooter or wheelchair.