ALS & Home Modifications
Home modifications to ease mobility and care
Whether adding a ramp, remodeling, or moving, information about what features are useful and practical is important, especially as adding unnecessary or poorly designed elements add costs to a budget. Your ALS care team can provide you with resources and help brainstorm cost effective ways to modify your home.
While no two people with ALS are alike or will progress the same way, there is a great deal of collective knowledge and wisdom available from your ALS care team, people living with ALS and caregivers. Our intention is to provide you with information that you need today and tomorrow.
Hire contractors that use Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) guidelines. Easy access to the home for walking or using a wheelchair must be considered.
Keep an open mind and look at all home modification options.
Types of lifts that require installation
Platform lifts can be placed at doorways inside or outside the home. Placement depends on thelocation of the stairs and the space for the lift itself.
Platform lifts can be placed inside bi-level and tri-level homes. This allows the use of two levels without major renovation to the home.
Stair lifts can be rented or bought. They can be fitted to straight or curved stairs. The cost of a stair lift depends on the length and curve of your stairs. Your sitting balance and neck strength must be considered. Some stair lifts have a fold-up seat which can allow for more space in the stairwell.
A wheelchair at the top and bottom of the stairs is needed if the person cannot stand.
Ceiling lifts can be installed almost anywhere in the home to meet your transfer needs. Ceiling lifts will allow you to be moved from room to room. They can be made to go throughout your home or just between two rooms, such as a bedroom and bathroom.
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Theses resources are made possible by a generous donation from the Gilbert & Jacqueline Fern Foundation and other donors to the Foundation.