The most important reason to create your projects using Homebyme is the ability to easily see how people use and respond to the spaces and furnishings around them. As the world pays more attention to the needs of individuals using wheelchairs, new international, national and local personal mobility laws are being written and enforced to improve the quality of life for everyone. The United Nations has devoted extensive time and effort to develop guidelines for determining personal mobility regulations around the world. We are all one people in our need to move about and live our lives.
Now you can easily include design solutions for people using wheelchairs in your projects all over the world with the Homebyme wheelchair that you can adjust to meet local standards.
Some Homebyme community users are already aware of the sizing and placement choices that need to be figured out. In her SDB PMR BOLLE project, liane0613 shows how important it is to think of wheelchair needs as early in the process as possible. The bathroom is a great place to start!
Be sure to adjust the size of the wheelchair to meet the requirements in your location. Be careful to modify both the height and depth by the same amounts in order to keep your wheels round.
There are many types of wheelchairs for many different needs. The Homebyme wheelchair is modeled after the most common type that is likely to be used in homes.
By definition, a wheelchair moves and must have clearance for turning and maneuvering. Even after making sure that there is enough room, it is necessary to consider the reaching limitations as well. The user must be able to get close enough to use the furniture and accessory items in a home.
Here are just a few examples of things to look out for. I chose one of my own projects and added the wheelchair and occupant to see how I did. I didn’t do very well at all. The toilets are unusable and many of the doorways are too small and/or difficult to maneuver through. Items on the floor need to be carefully considered and maybe moved.
Although there is ample room around the bed and the bed is low enough to be able to transfer from the wheelchair, the working desk height is way too low for his knees and the arms of the wheelchair would collide with the surface too.
The bathroom and kitchen are two of the toughest areas for people in wheelchairs. There are so many activities where space is needed to maneuver and getting in and out of the wheelchair is a necessity. I need to reconsider the distances between furniture and the realistic reaching distances to make this a more usable space.
I haven’t even mentioned a long list of other important things that need to be adjusted for convenient wheelchair use. Please be sensitive and consider people with restricted mobility when you design your projects. Use the Homebyme wheelchair and consult your local building requirements as you work so that we can all enjoy our homes.
Now it’s your turn!