Ta be barrier free, housing should be accessiblc to everyone - whether handicap-ped, temporarily incapacitated or elderly. not just to the young and able+bodied. Features necessary for independent living for those with physical limitations are helpful to all household members. Steps or a raised siU immediately limit access. Ramps are one answer - the more gentle the slope, the easier to negotiate. Slopes should nor rise more than one inch per linear foot. Doors need to be 36 inches wide to allow easy wheelchair passage. That width is also better for a metal walker. Wide doors cost only a few dollars more than narrow doors. But, like other architectural barriers, the cost is little when originally built but considerably more when re-modeling. Levers or deeply ridged knobs are easier than smooth knobs. That is true for both door knobs and faucets. * If a family member or guest can't use the bathrooms, such completely eliminates independent living. Things like a narrow door, no room to turn the chair, no way to trans-fer from chair to toilet and no way to reach or turn faucet are all architectural barriers. * Electric outlets should be 18 inches from the floor. Switches and controls should be 30 to 48 inches high. These are easy to reach whether sitting or standing - handicapped or able-bodied. * Halls and corridors should be at least 36 inches wide. Interior doors should be a minimum of 32 inches wide. A better idea is 36 Inches. Sliding doors are easier than a regular door. Also they take less space. * A kitchen with less than 36 inches across to other cabinets, appliances or wall presents an architectural barrier to the wheelchair user. * Windows should be low enough for clear vision when .seated - 30 to 36 inches from the floor. Mirrors need to be this height also. Base cabinets of standard height (36 ins.) are too high for work when seated. A measure of 28 to 32 inches is better. A drawer can be used as a work area - inside or turned over. * A base cabinet with counter to be used as a work area should have knee space under counter - at least 28 inches . wide for wheelchair. Pipes under sink need to be wrapped to prevent burns. * Walk-in closets wide enough for wheelchairs are most * convenient. Grab bars should be installed securely next to tub, shower and toilet. Do not depend on towel bars. Place non-skid strips in tub and shower. * Clear floor space for easy nlaneuverability for person using wheelchair or with other physical Iin~itations. * There should be sturdy, conveniently placed furniture for a person needing support. Store, sell or give away all furniture. utensils and other items not being used regularly. Unclutter life and living space. Cooperatlve Extenslon work In Agrlculture and home economics, State of Nevada. The Unlverslty of Nevada College of Agrlculture and the U.S. Depart-ment of Agrlculture cooperating. Dlstrlbuted In furtherance of Purposes provlded for by Acts of Congress of May 8 and June 30. 1914. Dale W. Bohmont. Dlrector Constance McKenna, Associate Dlrector The limitations of age come to all who live long enougll. For one of any age and with a wide range of physical abilities and disabilities, simple householtl ~noclili-cations can enable the homemaker to perfor111 activities for daily living ant1 homemaking tasks with independence, confidence and satisfaction. The College of Agrlculture of the Unlvorslty of Nevada Reno Is an Equal OPPortunlty/AfflrmatIve Actlon employor and does not dlscrlminate on the basls of race, rellglon, color, sox, age, natlonal orlgln, veteran status or handlcnp In the educational program for any of the actlvltlos which It operates.