Accessible Features To Check For When Renting An Apartment

Posted on: 16 October 2020

Being physically disabled and relying upon a wheelchair to move about your home may have prompted you to choose an apartment that contains accessible features, but you may also be concerned about how you will head to town, get your medicine, go shopping, or be entertained. Avoid signing a lease for a rental unit until you are able to explore the other amenities and connections to the outside world that you will be provided with.

Wide Doorways And Ramps And Public Transportation

If you are interested in a rental that contains safety rails, a low lying shower and tub duo, and multiple entryways, you may feel comfortable about the setup and remain optimistic about living on your own. In addition to what an apartment offers, check out the rest of the building and inquire about the size of the doorways that lead to the parking area, rampways that will support your use of a wheelchair, and the distance to grocery stores, pharmacies, and local businesses that you plan on visiting on occasion.

If there is a public transportation system that is offered, check the routes to determine if you can be picked up and dropped off at the complex. Even something as simple as being supplied with a bus stop that contains a sheltered overhang can make a difference in how you feel about renting a specific apartment since you will be seated while waiting on a bus and will likely not want to be sitting out in the rain while doing so.

Handicap Accessible Parking And Entertainment

Many disabled people own and drive vehicles, and you may be someone who is fortunate enough to provide your own means of transportation. Ask the owner of the apartment complex about the parking lot setup. Newer buildings often designate a parking area for disabled drivers and these parking spaces tend to be close to a structure. If you are able to acquire a parking spot that is right next to your rental unit, leaving the premises won't be a hassle and you will be able to keep an eye on your vehicle when you are at home.

Since you may be interested in filling your downtime with some fun activities, check the amenities that are included with a rental. An accessible pool, hot tub, tennis court, or gym will help you remain active and prompt you to get to know some of the other residents who live in the building. 

Keep these things in mind as you look for disability access apartments