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Welcome! My health problems add craziness to my life. Here I post ideas I've tried, also questions I'm still asking. I have an electrolyte disorder. So I have crazy neuro stuff like complicated migraines, alkalosis, loosing my speech and paralysis. (including legs and hands) Little by little, foods had to go, they affected my brain and immune system. So I avoid like the plague: soy, dairy, gluten, nightshades, and try to avoid refined sugar. My body requires pink salt and electrolytes. I now use a speedy red wheelchair that I love. I've craved a simpler life, but how do you do that with crazy health stuff? I've already had a fire and flood, so I really don't value possessions. I value people and experiences. I am not compensated for any posts, just my opinions.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Making doorways easier for wheelchairs

I quickly found it challenging to go through a door, then turn around and try to close the door behind me, while in a wheelchair. Reaching backwards to close the door doesn't work well for me. Those arm muscles don't work so well and I usually just end up hitting my wheels or loosing my balance. This is a simple modification we did:
Handles with levers are much easier to open with weak hands, as opposed to a round door knob. Round standard door knobs requires a gripping motion, which is more hand strength, than a push down with your hand on a lever. Then a handle on the other side of the door helps me pull the door shut, so I don't have to try to reach backwards. This door is in a corner, so I couldn't shut the door behind me by myself until we added this handle. After testing this door and finding doors became a challenge and a barrier, I knew I didn't want to deal with this every day in my own room. So during our remodel, I asked the builder to not put a door up leading into my bathroom. (master bath) That decision has made life much easier for me. Especially trying to work in already small and tight spaces. This door pictured has worked so well for me, that we're adding handles to other doors in the house now too. We found we needed to purchase larger screws to get all the way through the door. With the doors being hollow, we wanted the handles to be more secure.

A year ago I read a book I enjoyed called, "Rolling Back Through Life Disabled", by Mike Shirk. I bought it on Amazon Kindle.  I thought he was very inventive and thought up a lot of affordable creative ideas. This is a link to his blog. I particularly like his hooks he made to grab and open things easier. His writing was the first I read, that got me thinking about clothing and where seams should go. His ideas helped get me thinking about simple things around my house like modifying my door. http://lifedisabled.com/category/mobility/home-modifications/
I also saw on the Paralyzed Living You Tube channel, (on the house tour,) his house
door inside the garage had a handle. As always, I am not compensated for these opinions. Just like to share things that helped me in case they help someone else too.
See this video at 6:16 and 6:50 for his door.

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