Whether you are going to be in a wheelchair for a few months or for the rest of your life, there are various changes that must be made at your home. This way, you will have easy access to get into your home and to maneuver around it. Check out the following suggestions to determine which changes you will need to make to your home:
Have A Wheelchair Ramp Installed
Even if you are only expected to be in your wheelchair for a couple of months, you still need to be able to get in and out of the house without potentially injuring yourself or others. You don't want to put well-meaning friends and family at risk of injuring their backs trying to lift you and the wheelchair up the steps, even if it is just a couple of them. There are metal wheelchair ramps that you can purchase and have installed rather quickly. Then there are ramps that can be made from wood and that can be designed to specifically meet your needs. You can have a friend or family member built your ramp in order to save some money.
Widen Interior Door Frames
If your home has smaller door frames throughout the house, you might find it very difficult to get through them without having to struggle or get assistance from someone. You may need to hire a professional contractor to do this for you, especially if you do not have any friends or family that have experience with this specific type of remodeling. After all, you need to be extra careful with load bearing walls and you need to watch for any electrical lines that may be hidden in the walls where you need to start your demo work. A skilled contractor will be able to figure out a plan for the proper widening of the door frames, without causing new problems within your home.
Have A Walk-In Bathtub Installed
Depending on your mobility, you might be able to use a walker for a short period of time, just to get yourself onto the chair in the bathtub. Even if you can't do that and you need someone to assist you to the bath chair, you will want to have a walk-in bathtub installed. This way, you simply open a door and you and whoever needs to help you can go straight into the tub. Once the door is shut, the seal is made, and you will not have to worry about water leaking onto the bathroom floor. This will ensure that you are able to continue to keep up with your personal hygiene without putting yourself at risk of injury.
There may be more changes that need to be made to your home. Talking with a professional in the field of disability services should help you learn more.