Thursday, September 23, 2010

Tips & Tricks From People With Spinal Cord Injuries

 When updating our own Accessible Design webpage, we came across this neat site: Spinalistips by the Spinalis Foundation in Sweden! The tag line on the tips page is "Tips & Tricks From People With Spinal Cord Injuries" and the page is FULL of tips a certified aging-in-place remodeler can truly appreciate. 

   Here are a few posts we really liked and wanted to share:
  • Two identical sinks with integrated soap dispenser are installed at different heights. The lower one is at the right height for the user and has no lower cabinet. The other is at the standard height and has a lower cabinet with drawers. Her husband uses this sink and the user stores her toiletries in the drawers of the husband’s lower cabinets. 





  • The content of the kitchen cabinets is easily organized and easily accessible for wheelchair users. All counter cabinets in the kitchen have easy-slide drawers. They are used for storing china, cutlery, and pots, and also as a pantry.
     





  •  Practical desk and workplace next to the kitchen – suitable for wheelchair users.A counter at the right height for the user is located next to the kitchen. She usually sits there and works, talks on the phone and even eats there when she is home alone.




  • Control elevator with wheelchair footrests/front wheels – an option for people without arm/hand function. Helena lives in a two-story house with an elevator. The elevator buttons sit at a suitable height so she can control the elevator with the wheelchair footrests or front wheels.
     





  • Spacious bathroom - suitable for persons who need assistance in order to shower. Spacious bathroom with large shower stall, bathtub, toilet and two wash basins. The shower is so large that the assistants and the user have plenty of room. On the front is a shower curtain, one side wall is in glass, the other is tiled. 



  • Kitchen with plenty of room - suitable for electric wheelchair users. Large open kitchen with long workbench in the middle. One short side of the counter is used for dining. The user raises his electric wheelchair to the appropriate height, the rest of the family uses bar stools. The other end of the counter also has an area with knee space so that the user can sit and take part in kitchen activities. The user is unable to cook, but the kitchen has room and seating so that he can move around unimpeded and participate without being in the way. The family is very pleased with the kitchen.
     

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