Inaccessibility In The House

I have been a wheelchair user all my life, although my mum told me that I could stand till the age of 2. When my parents bought the house, they could never have guessed that they will have a son with a disability. The thing is that to access most of the rooms in the home, you have to go up a flight of stairs. I would say that I was about 4 when a stairlift and 3 ceiling lifters were installed.

Electric patient lift - Dogpools - ceiling-mounted / veterinary / pool

I still remember the first few times that I used that lift and how excited I got to use it but then again as a kid doing anything new in my eyes got me hyped. When I was 8, I had a significant surgery to make sure that my hipbone doesn’t dislocate again after it happened for the third time.

After that operation anytime I would need to use the ceiling lifters it was so painful, but my parents and I had no choice. This period in my life is my first taste of inaccessibility in my own home.  As I grew taller, my legs would get stuck in the corners of the stairs if I can’t tuck in my legs all the way in.

Stair Lift Myths Vs Stair Lift Facts - Pennsylvania Stair Lifts

Due to covid 19, I’m currently living in my childhood home. Another inaccessibility issue that I’m facing is the fact that I can’t sit on my power wheelchair, which leaves me with 2 opinions. The first choice I have is staying in bed or on a manual wheelchair in an uncomfortable position. So, I’m hoping that this issue that the world is dealing with right now is over. So, I can go back to Malta to an accessible place.

Are you guys interested in reading about the medical equipment I use?

Stay Safe,

Alex

20 thoughts on “Inaccessibility In The House

  1. Hi Alex! I read this post with so much interest, and I actually binge-read your blog for a bit. You really have a rich mind, and yes, I’d love to read about the equipment you use in your day to day. Keep writing and stay safe during the era of Covid!

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  3. Gosh Alex, you’re so uncomplaining about your problems. We definitely want to hear about your house and how you get around (or don’t). I hope you’re being looked after at least

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  4. Hey Alex, yes hopefully this covid19 virus will be over soon. And when we look back on it we may say “it wasn’t so bad” or “man that was a scary crazy time”. Hopefully you will be able to go back to Malta sooner.

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  5. My dad got the first taste of how inaccessible his house was when be brought home his late mother. Alzheimer’s rendered much of her body catatonic by that point. He had to get an old, wide wheel barrel and carry her up the long way—where the slopes of our property (we live on rolling mountain terrain) were the least inclined, to get her to the entrance. And then the patio stairs…she wasn’t petite. She was the quintessential stout, stodgy German to her last days.

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  6. How you choose to narrate you life is inspiring. Although I’m new to reading your blog the tone sounds calm.. As though you’ve come to terms and made peace with your vessel. I like that aspect. Malta? In Italy ouuh boii

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