Use door hardware that requires minimal physical effort, such as: lever handles, pulls, electronic locks, and power door openers. Knobs and handle sets are difficult to use if hand function is impaired. Avoid anything that requires pinching or grasping for use.
The physical actions necessary to open a heavy door can be difficult for maintaining balance, and can cause frustration or fatigue. The rule of thumb is that it should only require someone about 5 pounds of pressure to open a door.