Wheelchair Safety in Assisted Living Homes

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Assisted living homes need to take reasonable steps to keep the premises is safe condition. They must be especially attentive to accessibility. A resident population with limited mobility and use wheelchairs have to be able to navigate the premises safely.

Widened Doorways

Nursing homes should follow prescribed dimensions when designing or altering doorways. It is important to consider that some residents may rely on large motorized chairs.

Bathroom Modifications

Using a bathroom with a wheelchair may require some modifications. Typically, it is best to install sinks on a wall rather than installing vanities so that wheelchair users can operate the sink without overextending their reach. Walk-in or roll-in showers are an essential feature. Also, toilets and grab bars must be the appropriate height.

Ramp Sloping

The angle of ramps must be the appropriate slope for elderly or disabled wheelchair users. Angles that are too sharp can create precariously steep surfaces.    

Staff Training

When a care team helps residents use wheelchairs in assisted living homes, it is imperative that they team members receive adequate training about safety. They need a strong understanding of correct procedures in order to prevent accidents. 

Remedial measures to fix any potential issues with wheelchairs in nursing homes are an important way of protecting residents. Compliance specialists can help facility managers address potential problems effectively.