Home Modification

Ramps are expensive but worth it for the independence and safety they provide, says a man who details his experiences with having a ramp built for his wife

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:11am
When my wife got her TiLite manual wheelchair, it opened up a world of freedom for her. Her back pain was gone, along with her risk of falling, and she could move longer distances. Suddenly, she could again move across the shopping mall, maneuver around the house and perform at her job. While the wheelchair gave her more freedom inside and outside the house, it introduced a new challenge: getting...

Getting on the level

posted on April 9, 2012 - 12:04pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 2
Whether facing a 2-inch-high curb or a 3-foot-tall porch, the results for a person in a wheelchair can be exactly the same: no passage. The way around both these barriers is, of course, a wheelchair ramp, though they will be decidedly different. The first might be a portable, foldable aluminum device, while the second might be a large, permanent structure made of concrete or galvanized steel....
posted on April 9, 2012 - 12:00pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 2
To contact these or other ramp manufacturers, see Wheelchair Ramp Resources below. TJ Rampit USA

Long used in Europe and Asia, these personal hygiene fixtures are being adopted in the US by people who need help using the bathroom

posted on March 31, 2011 - 11:55am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
A few years ago, Bonnie Guzelf of Phoenix began having difficulty using the bathroom by herself. Guzelf, who has a slowly progressive form of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), found that her hands, arms and legs were getting too weak to perform basic hygiene. A friend who is an occupational therapist suggested she get a bidet.

A state rehabilitation program remodeled my bathroom — and my life

posted on March 31, 2011 - 11:44am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
I never thought I would be so excited about getting a new toilet, sink and shower. But my new fully wheelchair-accessible bathroom has made such a difference in my life, my attitude and my outlook that I can truly say this makeover has been a life-changing event. More than 10 years ago, I received a diagnosis of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease). Over the years, I’ve...
posted on March 31, 2011 - 10:40am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
Aqueduck faucet extender Designed for kids, this quick-and-easy fix also can enable people in wheelchairs to better access the faucet. The extender simply slips over the existing faucet and funnels the water closer to the user. $17.98 on Amazon.com. Peachy, (888) 498-0488.
posted on March 31, 2011 - 10:35am
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 2
Need help confronting the costs of home modifications such as a bathroom redo (see Bidets: A Disability Friendly Way to Go)? To help lessen the financial burden of paying for home modifications (including adaptive bathroom equipment and bathroom modifications as well as other home modifications), the resources listed here provide a good starting point in your search for more information...

A master gardener with Becker muscular dystrophy shows off his beautiful backyard garden, which can be maintained easily from a wheelchair

posted on January 1, 2011 - 3:50pm
QUEST Vol. 18, No. 1
David Gary, of Tyler, Texas, was a bitter young man in the summer of 1975 after receiving a diagnosis of Becker muscular dystrophy.