Hosting a holiday event at your home can be a great honor. However, hosting an event brings a new level of responsibility to ensure every guest is accommodated. Depending on the layout of your home and whether any of your guests may have mobility limitations, you’ll possibly need to consider making your home more wheelchair accessible. The good news is a portable wheelchair ramp is simple and quick to install and can be removed soon after your event has ended. Installing a mobility ramp can make a huge difference in the experience your guests with mobility limitations have, and here’s what you need to know about them.
How Simple Are Portable Ramps To Install?
A portable wheelchair ramp can be installed on your own, in most cases. But if you are unable to do so or are too busy to complete the task, then a professional can come to your home and evaluate the ideal placement. The length of a portable mobility ramp can vary, so you are sure to find one that suits the unique needs of your home. They can hold up to several hundred pounds and are lightweight enough to be moved aside when not being used. Depending on how your home is set up, you can put a portable wheelchair ramp outside leading up to your home’s front door and even indoors if you have sunken rooms inside.
Assess Your Home To Accommodate Holiday Guests
When you are hosting guests this holiday season, you’ll need to assess your home through a different lens. A small step down or up may not seem like a big deal to you, but even a step of a few inches can be difficult for someone with mobility limitations. Whether you want to make every area of your home wheelchair accessible or just want to eliminate a step, a portable wheelchair ramp may be a great solution. Consider also whether any of your guests use a mobility scooter or wheelchair to ensure the ramp you install is wide enough to accommodate their needs.
Create A Safe Environment For All
When assessing your home, look for any cords you have running along the floor or ground inside and outside the home. Holiday decorations typically require extension cords and some of them are difficult to hide. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International, roughly 4,000 people are injured every year around the holidays due to tripping on extension cords. Even if you have cords running along stairs or steps where they seem to be out of the way, a portable wheelchair ramp can cover them up to ensure they won’t get tripped on.
Next Day Access can help assess your home to ensure you can accommodate every guest you plan to host at your home. Portable wheelchair ramps are some of the most common aids people use for their holiday gatherings, and the good news is you can rent them for a single day or weekend use. If you’re planning a holiday event at your home this year, contact us to schedule a free home assessment, and we would be happy to provide you with advice and suggestions to create an accommodating environment for all.