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A wheelchair ramp may be the next best thing to sliced bread if you are dependent on a wheelchair. Otherwise, building accessibility goes unnoticed to many. And unnoticed can cost you some important health benefits of getting out. My goal with all my patients is to help them Get up and Get out!
There may come a time when your normal route of entry into your home becomes unsafe or impossible to navigate. This could be due to weakness on your part or perhaps frost/root heaves in your sidewalk have made it dangerous to navigate and increases a risk of falling. Whatever the reason, basic home safety should be foremost on your mind.
When you can explore your world and safely and effectively managing your wheelchair on a ramp, you truly have remote control... control over your life in a remote area! Now you can get outside and enjoy the benefits of fresh air, sunshine and the great outdoors!
Troubleshooting is, however, part of life and no two ramps are built the same. This can present problems for many who are just learning or who run into those 'underdog ramps' that weren't built quite up to par or where a knock off piece of medical equipment.
My experience in my 15 years of home health care physical therapy from East Coast to West Coast and many places in between has granted me some insight into these life savers and the potential problems they can hazard if prudent judgement and knowledge are net met with sound advice and know how.
These simple solutions may fix your immediate dilemma, but may not eliminate your need for a wheelchair ramp:
Glad you asked... and several come to mind...
Ramps that are too steep invite falls and out of control wheelchairs. Some inexperienced builders and contractors don't consider exactly who will be on those ramps in the first place. Usually weak, incapacitated, balance challenged and those using medical equipment, wheelchairs, walkers and various other medical devices.
My recommendation... short of boycotting the entity that built such a hazard:
BEWARE! is all I can say. Most of the time cost and lack of know how in making the ramp safe by installing handrails are the two top reasons some wheelchair ramps lack this item. Some figure that those in wheelchair don't need handrails. You'll be crying all the way to the emergency room!
Ramps without handrails are like cereal without milk... edible but why bother.
My recommendations... again, short of the boycott...
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