If you or someone else in your household is going to start using a mobility scooter to get around, there is a chance that you may need to make some adjustments to your home to be prepared for it. These are some of the adjustments that you might want to look into so that you can ensure that your home is prepared.
1. Installing a Ramp
You probably aren't going to want to be restricted to being in the house once you start using your mobility scooter, and you will need a way to get outdoors in case of an emergency or in case you need to go to a doctor's appointment. One of the best options for this is to install a ramp for your scooter. Ramps come in various sizes and shapes, so regardless of your budget or your home, you should be able to find one that is a good fit.
2. Moving the Bedroom Downstairs
Do you currently have a bedroom that is upstairs? If so, accessing it while on your mobility scooter is obviously going to be a problem. Many people in this situation move their bedroom downstairs to make mobility easier. If you have a bedroom or office downstairs that you can take over as your own, this can be ideal. Even if you don't, however, you may be able to change a dining room or other little-used room into a bedroom. Even using the living room as your bedroom and installing a privacy screen can work. In the long run, you may want to make an addition to your home so that you have an ideal bedroom.
3. Moving Furniture and Decor
Depending on how wide your scooter is and how your furnishings and decor are currently arranged in your home, you may need to move things around a bit so that there is enough room for your scooter. You may also want to remove any rugs that might get in the way of your mobility scooter gliding across the floor as it is supposed to.
A mobility scooter can be a wonderful thing if you or your loved one is having a tough time getting around, but it can take some getting used to. Luckily, if you follow these three tips, you can make the proper modifications to your home so that you will be as prepared as possible to use your mobility scooter.