The idea of having to jump through hoops to reach your destination may seem absurd to you, but for people with mobility issues or those living with disabilities it can be just as scary.
According to a new study, some people who live in homes with multiple floors may be less able to walk down stairs if they are able to access their own property from their bedrooms.
The research, led by researchers at the University of Sydney, looked at the relationship between home ownership and mobility.
Participants in the study were invited to complete a questionnaire on their mobility, mobility needs and housing costs.
In the UK, a survey of 1,000 adults revealed that many people with a mobility disability have limited mobility due to multiple sclerosis or spinal cord injury.
The survey also revealed that mobility was a significant barrier for people living with a disability in the UK.
The researchers found that mobility problems were one of the main reasons people living in homes where multiple floors were common were less likely to live in them.
The findings suggest that some people may be more comfortable in homes that are home to more than one floor because they have the flexibility to access a home from the bedroom or from the living room or bathroom.
The researchers say the study shows how different the relationship is between mobility needs, housing and housing affordability in Australia.
“It’s clear that in our home-owning society, mobility is a significant issue and one of those issues is accessibility,” says study author Professor Susanne Kessel.
“A lot of the research has shown that if you have mobility issues, then it can make it harder to live within your means.”
The researchers also found that a lot of people with disabilities lived in homes built with multiple floor plans, such as in terraced, or single-family houses.
The research shows that this was not the case in the home-owned suburbs where people with different mobility needs lived in a single-level house.
“These findings have important implications for the housing market and affordability,” says Professor Kessel, who is also an associate professor of psychology at the university.
“For example, if you are a disabled person who is living in a detached house with no mobility or accessibility problems, then you may find it much easier to afford housing that includes multiple levels.”
The study also found evidence that the accessibility of housing in the suburbs is not as great as it is in the cities, which have higher density of people.
The study looked at people living on three floors in houses with more than 10 people, which was the highest density of dwellings in the country.