Wheelchair-Friendly Tiny House “Wheel Pad” Offers Independence for Newly Disabled Family Members

By | June 16, 2017

Tiny dwelling dwelling has turn into more and more in style because of its affordability, however the latest tiny home garnering consideration from the group is not simply cool or cheap. For individuals who use wheelchairs, it is addressing a severe situation that has lengthy flown underneath the radar.

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Vermont agency LineSync Structure designed a tiny dwelling for individuals recovering from life-changing accidents after an in depth buddy of the group suffered an harm leaving him a quadriplegic, in keeping with a brand new documentary overlaying the mission. After a disaster, persons are usually unable to dwell of their houses and wish a spot to get better whereas their family members put together to maneuver out or to renovate the house to be wheelchair-accessible. LineSync’s prototype, a 200-square-foot dwelling dubbed the Wheel Pad, seeks to handle that downside and can be utilized as lengthy or as little because the transition requires.

“It retains households collectively throughout disaster,” LineSync proprietor Julie Lineberger mentioned within the video. “The member of the family could be at dwelling with household. They will roll into dinner. They will have entry however nonetheless have their privateness, their dignity, and be separate.”

As a one-level construction with a cell chassis base, the Wheel Pad will not want a allow in most areas of the U.S. It contains a mattress with storage beneath, a fold-out desk, a toilet with a bathe, and a small patio out entrance.

The group sought the opinion of not solely their mates who use wheelchairs, but in addition nursing employees, dwelling healthcare professionals, bodily therapists, and others, incorporating their concepts and options alongside the way in which.

“We have been so excited to be doing one thing that may be not solely aesthetically pleasing and simply enjoyable to do, however was actually serving a objective for all types of individuals,” Julie mentioned. “Whether or not they be aged ready for admission into assisted dwelling, a hospice want in a household, somebody who’s simply coming dwelling from a warfare…to have the ability to present this and have it look good was a dream come true.”

(h/t Tree Hugger)

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