One of the most difficult things about having limited mobility is giving up an independent lifestyle; many less able people resign themselves to staying indoors unless they can enlist the help of a friend or neighbor to get outside. But that isn’t necessarily true anymore; now, many companies provide services to the less able that will allow them to maintain easy access to the outdoors even as they lose some mobility. There are products available that can help you maintain a self-sufficient lifestyle. For instance, you might choose to install a set of outdoor half steps, which are designed to provide outdoor access by replacing standard steps with shorter, wider ones that are easier to navigate.
Below are some things you might want to know about such products.
#1. Half steps keep you safe.
Above all, half steps are usually designed to be safe for less able walkers who require an extra measure of security. The steps are designed to minimize potential dangers, such as gaps between the steps. In many products, the step risers are filled between steps to avoid slip/fall hazards. Most sets are composed of slip-resistant material as an extra safety measure.
#2. Half steps can be adapted to suit your needs.
In most cases, the steps can be adjusted as necessary, and hand rails for one or both sides are often included as an optional addition to ensure maximum support for less able walkers. Also, in many cases, a set of steps can be used by itself or as an addition to a disabled ramp, depending on your needs and choices..
#3. Installing half steps is a simple process.
Outdoor half steps are usually designed for easy installation and removal that doesn’t cause property damage or necessitate extensive groundwork. Their design generally allows them to easily fit any doorway, and they can usually be placed over existing steps or on any hard surface, grass, or soil; this means installation is easy and little to no reconstruction is required. Most steps come in the form of a kit that can be self-installed or set up by a professional. Most professional installers are friendly, eager assist, and able to finish the installation in a short timeframe.
#4. Half steps can be combined with other products for maximum accessibility.
Products that can be combined with outdoor half steps include disabled ramps, which can be used in combination with the steps to allow greater freedom for less able walkers; and disability access doors, which are designed to allow easier access for wheelchairs without the need for extensive renovation.
#5. Half steps can change your life (or rather, keep your life from changing).
Outdoor half steps are designed to help you remain independent and retain access to the outdoors as much as possible. Many companies are working to create products to improve the lives of the less able, believing that your mobility should not be allowed to define your lifestyle or even affect it to a detrimental degree. Don’t let your mobility control your life; there are so many options to choose from that will keep you self-sufficient.