Essential Tips for Transporting Mobility Devices

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With Toyota offering $4 million to anybody who can reinvent the wheelchair as part of its “Mobility Unlimited Challenge,” it’s unlikely that you’ll have to worry about bulky mobility devices for much longer. However, millions of people all over the country still depend on these types of devices in order to get them to where they need to go, making them an important part of many families and their belongings when it’s time to move houses. Whether you’re moving into a senior community or simply need to transport accessibility devices from one home to another, there are certain ways to go about safely moving a device such as a power wheelchair or other mobility aid.

Ensure the New Home is Accessible

If you’re moving into a senior community, this is likely less of a problem than if you’re moving into a new home. If you’ve just purchased a home and require a little assistance with mobility, it’s important to ensure that there are accessible features before you move in. This can be as simple as checking to make sure the doorways are wide enough so that a power wheelchair can move through or requesting that mobility-friendly stairlifts are installed. While you’re performing this check, it’s worth investing time and money in smart home tech that can make living in the home a lot easier.

Smart home automation can make it possible to live completely alone and independently, even if you need a little extra assistance on the accessibility front. If you know you’ll be relying on a mobility device to get around the home, it’s also a good idea to focus on universal design if you have any say over the development of the layout of the home. Creating an open kitchen plan, purposely building appliances to open at waist-level and installing ramps all throughout the home can really change your everyday life and make moving in an exciting event as opposed to a daunting one.

Know How to Break the Device Down

Moving a mobility device will likely require that you carefully break it down before transporting it. Before moving something such as a power scooter, perform a few test runs on how you’ll break it down. Most power scooters nowadays, for example, can be broken down into four or five smaller parts that make it easier for transporting.

If your mobility device can’t be broken down into smaller parts, then you’ll need to contract a moving van or similar service. These companies have the capability of a vehicle lift in order to move it to your new home or place of residence. If you plan on moving around a lot and want to outfit your personal car with a vehicle lift, it’s certainly an investment that can change your life in terms of mobility. However, for the sake of simply moving it from one home to another, it’s best to contract out a professional that can treat your device and other belongings with care.

Accessibility for All

Moving to a new home should be an exciting time for everybody regardless of your mobility level. If you depend on a mobility device to help you move around your own home, then you’ll undoubtedly be placing a lot of care into how you move the device to your new place of residence. By contacting a professional who is equipped with the right tools and equipment to safely move your device for you and putting some forethought into the accessibility of the new house, you’ll be able to arrive and have it immediately feel like a home.

About the Author:

Chrissy Peters

Is a freelance writer and editor, having previously worked in the home care industry for a decade.

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