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Posted: 07/27/21 03:36pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Although I'm fairly independent I use a wheelchair to get around. Lately I've been investigating apartments in my area that offer accessible rooms. What surprises me is there are several apartment complexes that advertise accessible rooms for rent, yet in a number of these so called handicap rooms the bathroom door can't accommodate a wheelchair. Even though the rest of the room is accessible and the showers have grab bars, all well and good, what's the sense if a wheelchair can't enter?
I suppose these rooms were converted from regular to handicap, but it was too much bother to widen the bathroom door. Just amazing!


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Ed,

Most doors are already wide enough, but the have to change the hinges so the door gets out of the way when it is open. We did this for daughter's MIL years before she passed. The property owner just may not know about this or be lazy.

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Matt_Colie wrote:

Ed,

Most doors are already wide enough, but the have to change the hinges so the door gets out of the way when it is open. We did this for daughter's MIL years before she passed. The property owner just may not know about this or be lazy.

Matt


Good point, Matt. You’re probably right. i’ll need to keep that in mind. Actually, the door could be removed entirely since I live by myself.

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Doorways, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standard, should have a clear width of 32 inches from the door's face to the opposite stop. Depending on size and type, a wheelchair's width could range from 21” (for narrow transport chairs) to 40” wide (for heavy duty wheelchairs).


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Doorways, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility standard, should have a clear width of 32 inches from the door's face to the opposite stop. Depending on size and type, a wheelchair's width could range from 21” (for narrow transport chairs) to 40” wide (for heavy duty wheelchairs).


Thanks for that info, Mod. I know my chair is standard width, so I’ll keep your point in mind. As I just mentioned in the previous post, since I live alone the door could also be removed entirely, if necessary.

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When our then disabled granddaughter traveled with us, we bought a "travel wheelchair" that was several inches narrower than standard for use inside the motorhome. It even fit through the bathroom door, although there wasn't enough room to fit it all the way in and still have room for the assistance she needed for showering and such. The overall width was adjustable from 22 to 25 inches. Living alone, you would need to use you legs to move the chair around, but if it's primary use is bathroom access, transitioning to it for that purpose might be a viable solution to the door width issue.


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I’m still looking, and finding handicap accessible apartments are virtually impossible to find. Most of them are taken by long term residents and will never become available until one of them dies or moves out due to other circumstances. In addition, many complexes simply don’t have enough handicap apartments available.

I find that the apartment I have now at an extended stay hotel is absolutely perfect for my needs, but a week’s rent is more than what I’d pay for a month at a typical apartment complex. I have a section 8 voucher which allows me to rent an apartment at approx 1/3 of my income, which is just social security.

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