Step 2: Home Usability Problems

Most houses and apartments were not built for people with disabilities. Many homes have steps at the front entrance that make it difficult for someone who has trouble walking to get in. Similarly, round door knobs can make it difficult to come and go freely for a person who can’t grab and turn them.

Is your home usable?  That depends on your unique needs.  This program is a guide to help you identify your needs and identify resources for meeting those needs.

How Usable Is My Home?

Feeling frustrated, unsafe, or dependent on others in your home can affect your whole life. Think about how much energy it takes you to get ready for your day. If bathing and dressing are exhausting, it may be because your home environment doesn’t suit your needs.

Do certain rooms in your home (such as your kitchen) make you feel frustrated or unsafe? Are there problems in your home that make living difficult? If you can’t answer these questions right now, that’s OK!  This program can help you think about your home.

There are no right or wrong answers to these questions! Rather, the results will help you pin point where you may have home usability problems. Your answers may help you identify your needs and make choices.

There is a version of these questions that is screen reader accessible.

How Satisfied Are You With Your Home?

This is a quiz to see how satisfied you feel about your home and to give you some suggestions on how to move forward.

Are any of your scores 60% or lower? The worksheets in the next section will help you explore areas with low scores in more detail. These worksheets can help you identify the specific problems you might be having as well as provide you with potential solutions.

Step 3:  Home Assessments