Accessibility around the home means different things to different people depending on their dependence on a medical mobility scooter. This article will therefore only discuss the topic in general terms. One way to look at this issue is to consider accessibility approaching the house, entering the house and within the house.
Approaching the House
While a paved or concrete driveway or sidewalk is ideal a walkway of wooden construction is usually serviceable for most people. Different products like abrasive strips, special paint products or even heated concrete surfaces are available to make the area surrounding your home safe in wet or cold weather.
Entering the House
Ideally, the entrance to your home will be at ground level. If not then either a ramp or a vertical platform lift commonly known as a porch lift will be needed. To make entering the home easier a power door opener can be used. This will also enable you to lock or unlock the door using a remote. Finally, it may be necessary to purchase or build a simple threshold ramp to deal with a raised door threshold.
Within the House
This is certainly the most difficult aspect to deal with in most cases. Some points to be aware of are:
- three wheel scooters have a smaller turning radius than four-wheel and are therefore more maneuverable
- hardwood floors are better than carpet (the thicker the pile the more difficult to maneuver)
- the wider the doorway or hallway the more accessible especially where 90 degree turns are involved
- even with an open design layout care must be given to the amount, size and placement of furniture
- stair lifts or inclined platform lifts (or elevators if feasible) may be necessary where there is more than one living level
If you are able to address some of the issues presented here you should be able to more fully benefit from your medical mobility scooter in and around your home.