Your home environment and lightweight wheelchairs

When you get a lightweight wheelchair from Karma Mobility, your first priority needs to be making sure you can get around safely and comfortably in your own home. You also want to be as independent as possible.

At Karma Mobility, we spend a lot of time thinking about how our customers experience the world and how to increase their chances of having an easier life. With this in mind, we have put together some information below on the various adaptations you might be thinking about when you first get a lightweight wheelchair. Many of these can be made to existing properties so that you do not have to move.

You may need to assess your space to see whether you will need to make any adaptations in order to use a lightweight wheelchair.  The most obvious obstacle is any stairs. You may be eligible for funding to help make any major changes such as adding ramps or handrails.

Many houses have threshold bars between rooms or in the entranceway to the shower. These can become a hindrance if you intend to use lightweight wheelchairs in the space at all time. They need to be removed and replaced with a smooth join between the flooring types in each room. This may require refitting some of the flooring.

Standard lightweight wheelchairs will typically fit through normal doorways. If you need an extra-wide chair, you may need to have your doorways widened accordingly in order to fit through easily.

If you are unable to stand at all, you might find it difficult to reach standard-level kitchen work surfaces and cupboards. There are models that allow you to pull shelves down to the right height and you can get your kitchen work surfaces lowered wherever possible.

When you start to look at the world through the eyes of someone who uses mobility aids like lightweight wheelchairs, it may seem like there are many obstacles at first. The important thing to remember is that there are lots of adaptations and support available. Everything may not be perfect to begin with, but you can work towards a fully adapted world that is easy for you to move around in.


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