Here's a Home Safety Checklist for Wheelchair Users

Many buildings and homes are not wheelchair friendly, while others are just downright unsafe for wheelchair users. However just because your home is currently unsafe for wheelchairs, doesn’t mean it has to be.

As a ramp rental/mobility specialist we have helped countless homeowners secure their homes over the years, and we wanted to pass some of our wisdom onto you by giving you a home safety checklist.

Your Home’s Layout

Most homes are not built with wheelchair optimization in mind, meaning they can be quite difficult to traverse. Doorways may need to be widened in order to make access easier for wheelchairs or walkers. Typically a width of 32” is suitable for most wheelchairs.

Another concern may be the ability to turn around. If a room is too small or too cramped, it could be difficult to turn your wheelchair around. Most don’t turn on a dime, the standard space required is 60×60”.

Troubles With Stairs

Stairs are a big no-go when it comes to wheelchairs. Trying to go up a flight of stairs with a wheelchair is akin to pushing a boulder up a hill, it’s not gonna happen. Handrails can help, but are far from an end all be all solution.

Many wheelchair users opt to replace their stairs, either permanently or temporarily, with a ramp. Ramps are built specifically with wheelchairs in mind and are perfect for them. We provide Maryland with both permanent and rental ramps, ensuring we can help no matter your situation.

Trouble’s Brewing in the Kitchen

Kitchens can be particularly troublesome for those in a wheelchair. Countertops and ovens/burners should all be placed at a reachable height. If you can’t reach your countertop, how are you going to use it? Also keep in mind that under the counter cupboards can restrict a wheelchair user’s ability to get close enough to their countertop.

Wall ovens are typically easier to use than their standard floor unit counterparts, and you should make sure that your sinks are shallow enough that you can use them while in your chair. These are all just some common problems we’ve helped people with over the years. Basically you just want to make sure your kitchen is readily available and easy to use.

Consult a Mobility Solutions Expert

Whether you only recently started using a wheelchair, or have been using one for a long time, you can benefit from speaking with one of our mobility experts. We have helped wheelchair users make their home feel like home again for years, and we would love to help you. Whether you are looking for Maryland ramp rental, or anything else, we can help, give us a call today!

Madison Wine December 7, 2023
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