February 4, 2022

Living In Manufactured Homes When You Have Mobility Issues

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4 questions to consider before buying a home

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Simple steps to buy a home successfully

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Consider your finance options, and then choose the best one available

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Make an offer with some wiggle room for negotiation

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Which other tips do you recommend when buying a home?

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As today’s seniors creep up into their retirement stage, the need for quality and affordable housing rises, including for those with mobility issues. If we need the support of a wheelchair or walking aids, our home needs to provide us with ease of wheelchair access to let us enjoy optimum comfort and ease for everyday living. Is living in manufactured homes with mobility issues going to be conducive enough for us? We find out more in our article below.

Floor Plan for Wheelchair Access

  • An open concept layout with easy wheelchair access to each section of the home. Bedrooms should not be confined to just one section of the home but separated instead. This is to eliminate or minimize hallways.
  • Bathrooms should be open and large to provide wheelchair access to a toilet, sink, bath/shower, and linen.
  • Passage and exit doors should not be obstructed with a width of at least 36 inches. 
  • Adjustable kitchen countertop height that can be conveniently adapted to the needs of the person with mobility issues. Kneehole space should also be added under kitchen tops.
  • Wheelchair-friendly homes should be single-story for the convenience of wheelchair users. At MCM Homes, all of our manufactured homes are designed as one-story structures to allow for easy handicap accessibility.

Handicap Exterior Access 

Many older adults will eventually lose the ability to climb stairs, requiring wheelchair access at the entry and exit to the home. The specifications you require can be incorporated into your manufactured home on your own to ensure you get to lead a comfortable and conducive living arrangement. The appropriate time to address this issue is when you intend to purchase a new manufactured home. Once you have bought the home,  you can secure a reliable construction company to add a ramp access to the front door. At MCM Homes, we offer a well-rounded manufactured home experience with experienced housing representatives to guide you at every step of the way.

Manufactured Home Customizations

There are other alternatives that can be considered to improve your living situation if there is limited space to work on. We can reduce the height of the manufactured home on a building site that is near ground level. We are able to install the home using shorter blocks or piers to a height from the ground that is approximately 16 inches. This is probably the lowest the manufactured home can be set above grade to create a crawl space underneath it. This will require the axles and tires to be removed from the home chassis. At such a height, a shorter ramp can be installed to allow you to make use of concrete to link the ramp to a porch landing. Wheelchair lifts for residential use may be less costly and can be used by residents or visitors without needing too much footprint. The lifts will also adapt to high entries for ease of access. 

MCM Homes Manufactured Home Communities

Whether you or a loved one are experiencing mobility issues, MCM Homes offers a large selection of customization options that can help you to create a manufactured home that complies with your exact living expectations. Consult our housing representatives to put together a personalized manufactured home.