As with many things in life, for those people who are bound to a wheelchair, the level of wheelchair accessible homes that are out there is not enough to meet demand. For this reason there are thousands of people throughout the country who require homes such as these, but simply cannot obtain one.
I was in the same boat as this a couple of years ago and then I discovered that there was a charitable fund which actually supported people in turning their properties into wheelchair accessible homes. Once I had received the cash, here is how I invested it to make my home that little bit easier to get around.
Unfortunately, my home has 2 floors and getting up and down them used to be an absolute nightmare, so much so that I would actually avoid going upstairs unless absolutely necessary. For this reason, one of the first things on my shopping list was a stairlift and it has made my life so much easier. Now whenever I want to go upstairs, I simply hope on to the chair, press a button and up I go. If you have this problem then I would urge you to get a stairlift fitted as soon as possible.
I have found that it is the small things which make the biggest difference for someone in a wheelchair and getting in and out of my home used to be quite a challenge. Despite having a very small step on the entrance to my home, navigating it when I was tired after work used to be quite an ordeal. Thankfully I was able to use some of the funds to have a ramp installed at the front and the back door and now I never have to worry about falling over when I try to get in and out of the house.
I do have some use of my legs, although I do require crutches and so I rarely use my chair when I am in the house. I used to lean against the walls to support me when I went from room to room but after having some hand rails installed in the house, I no longer need to do this. I don’t always use the rails but it is nice to know that they are there for whenever I need them.
Anyone in a wheelchair will tell you that bathing is one of the toughest parts of the day and I was lucky enough to be able to change my bathroom to a wet room to make the process easier. Now whenever I shower, all I need to do is sit in the chair and turn the shower on, no more lunging over bath tubs or squeezing into shower cubicles. A wet room is a great idea if you are able to get one and it makes what should be a simple task, exactly that.