More tips on adapting the home environment to suit the changing needs of the elderly or people with disability. Doorway modifications need to provide adequate width and circulation of both entry and internal doors for easy access with mobility aids. These include walkers, crutches, wheelchairs and scooters.
When it comes to door hardware, all doors should be operable with one hand with ‘D’ type handles or level handles with a return to assist those hand impairments. Doors with closers should not require more than 2ON force to open.
When a threshold is necessary for weather protection and water-shedding at entry doors, balcony, etc, these should have a maximum of 35mm to allow for a 1:8 removable threshold ramp.