Part of your job as a host for the holidays is to predict your guests’ needs and try to accommodate them. When you invite someone into your home who uses a wheelchair, there are some additional considerations you’ll need to prepare for. Use the guide below to help your guests feel more comfortable and safer throughout their holiday stay.
Free & Simple Adjustments to Use
One simple way to make your home accessible is by walking through it and imagining you are in a wheelchair. Is it easy to maneuver through? You should tuck away all cables and cords and remove any area rugs or mats that wheels could get caught on. Give your guest 5 feet of impeded space to move through rooms and maneuver around. Move any breakable items away from the path you’ve cleared for your guest, so they won’t break anything they accidentally bump into. Clear a space at the kitchen table ahead of time, so they can easily pull up without needing to remove a chair. If you have any pets, have a separate space to put them in so they won’t get in your guest’s way.
Minor Modifications to Consider
If your home has any steps up to the front door, you’ll either need to move your guest up the steps by muscle or install a ramp, so they can move freely on their own. If you’re planning to host any entertainment in the backyard, make sure your guest has access. Install grab bars in the bathroom—both in the shower and by the toilet. If you have a bathroom with a roll-in shower, rather than a tub, then dedicate that bathroom for your guest’s use. Buy a commode lift and place it over the toilet, and then place a transfer bench in the shower by the grab bar.
Taking the time now to prepare the home will make your guest feel much more comfortable and welcome this holiday season. Rapid Rehab is your one-stop mobility assistance provider in Wisconsin Rapids, WI, to make your home wheelchair-friendly. They sell a wide range of affordable ramps and stair and vehicle lifts. Browse their products online, or call (715) 423-2084 today with any questions.