Instead of bumping your wheelchair over a tall threshold, why not make it a smooth transition with a threshold ramp? Rubber and aluminum threshold ramps are easy to install and can be used in a variety of doorways, both at home and for office or commercial settings.
There are two basic types of wheelchair threshold ramps that are widely available: aluminum and rubber. Aluminum ramps provide the most affordable option, while rubber ramps are made with recycled rubber for an eco-friendly choice.
Aluminum threshold ramps are durable and lightweight. They are coated with an anti-slip, high traction surface that keeps your wheels from slipping when the ramp is wet. Self-supporting aluminum ramps line up directly against the door threshold—no installation needed. They are designed for doorways that swing out. Other aluminum ramps can be installed easily, using the holes punched in the top corners.
Rubber threshold ramps are available in different colors to complement your home or office. Foot traffic on the rubber is quiet and solid, and there are no load weight limitations. Simple cutting tools allow you to field fit the ramp for inset doorways and various obstacles near the door. As a bonus, PVI rubber ramps are made with 100% recycled rubber for earth-friendly construction. Rubber ramps can accommodate up to a 2-inch rise, while aluminum ramps can be used for up to a 4-inch rise.
Knee walkers from Drive Medical, Invacare, and Medline Industries are now available at Roll Mobility. These knee walkers are manufactured by well-respected brands in the home medical care industry.
For individuals recovering from foot surgery, breaks, sprains, amputations, or ulcers on the foot, a knee walker provides a comfortable, pain-free alternative to crutches. The thick leg pad cradles your knee and adjusts in height for ergonomic use. A hand brake lets you control and stop the walker. Steerable knee walkers are available for increased maneuverability.
Use your knee walker indoors or outdoors for greater freedom than crutches can offer. See the links below for more information on knee walkers at Roll Mobility.
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This month’s caregiver story comes from Caroline McGraw, who serves as the Program Director for a caregiving nonprofit in the Washington DC area. Caroline writes about her experiences as a caregiver on her website, A Wish Come Clear.
Roll Mobility: How do you find the support that you need as a caregiver?
Caroline: As a long-term caregiver, I find the support that I need as a caregiver via taking time for myself: writing, reaching out and resting. Asking for help is not optional, but essential.
Roll Mobility: How do you help your loved one stay as mobile and independent as possible?
Caroline: I’ve help loved ones stay as mobile and independent as possible by ensuring that their medical equipment is assessed, inspected and serviced on a regular basis; that they see specialists and primary care physicians as needed; and that they have healthy, home-cooked meals and ample opportunities for rest, activity and fun.
Roll Mobility: What steps have you taken to keep your loved one safe?
Caroline: I’ve kept my loved ones safe by anticipating needs and potential obstacles/dangers, and by ensuring that physical, behavioral and medical protocols are followed correctly.
Roll Mobility: What is the most helpful caregiving tip that you could share with another caregiver?
Caroline: The most helpful caregiving tip that I could share with another caregiver: you don’t have to be a superhero. You get to be a human being, and being human is about reciprocity: loving and being loved, needing help and giving help.
Caroline McGraw is a Program Director for a caregiving nonprofit (L’Arche GWDC) and a writer with a focus on serving caregivers of people with intellectual disabilities.
You can visit her at A Wish Come Clear, where you can access her free ebook, “Your Creed of Care: How to Dig for Treasure in People (Without Getting Buried Alive).” It’s designed to be a support resource for caregivers, helping them to balance the responsibilities of caregiving with caring for themselves. The book is available via subscription to Caroline’s email list.