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Clear floor flooring and multiple outlets are just a few tips for living room remodeling for a physical disability. Photo by Mirage floors on Flickr.When it comes to living room remodeling for a physical disability, don't delay. Your loved one should have full access to every part of your home space.

If you're starting a residential renovation project and you live with someone who has mobility disabilities, you can do a number of things to improve your living room. If you work with a contractor who has plenty of experience accommodating disabilities in residential remodeling projects, you should end up with a home that works well for all of its residents.

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When thinking about living room remodeling for a physical disability, access is an issue. This can be resolved if you work on expanding and improving the doorway or entrance into the space. People with physical disabilities often rely on motorized wheelchairs and scooters to move about the home, so one of the most important considerations for a living room remodel is to ensure everyone in your home can get into and out of the room easily.

You can also consider if installing a ramp works for your space.

If disabled people have difficulty using their hands to move about, install an automated doorway similar to the types used at supermarkets so they can enter and exit the room with ease without having to lift a finger. The great thing about these types of doors is that they're low voltage, so they don't use a lot of energy. They're also pretty low maintenance and can be tailored to fit each client's personal needs.

When it comes to living room remodeling for a physical disability, strategic placement of outlets is necessary. Many people with disabilities have devices that need to be powered by electrical outlets. Placing as many outlets as possible in key locations throughout the room will help ensure no one has to struggle to locate an outlet.

Make sure the height of the outlet is also taken into consideration when doing the installation. The electrician you hire will also have to ensure the right types of outlets are installed. Some larger and more powerful devices may require a 220V outlet, while others will work fine with a standard 120V outlet. 

When it comes to flooring, keep wheelchairs or other motorized devices in mind and how they move. Avoid floor coverings like shag rugs that rise several inches above the ground because they could create a serious obstruction for wheelchairs or scooters.

Opt instead for rugs that lay flat against the floor or no rugs at all. If you must use rugs, secure them to the floor with staples so they won't slide or slip.

Choose flooring with matte surfaces instead of those that have a glossy high polish in order to help prevent slips and falls if your loved one uses a walker or cane.

Living room remodeling for a physical disability will require an experienced contractor. Your goal is to ensure everyone has full access to every area of the home, creating independence and safety.

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Photo credit: Mirage floors via Compfight CC.