To kick off Access My Home, a new category, for me, of wheelchair-friendly blogging about my current home renovation and refurbishment project which will explore the ideas and choices I’ve made in adapting my home, I’d like to send you across to Vicki’s blog at Wheel Chic Home.
Why might you be interested in Wheel Chic Home? Okay, here’s a few good reasons:
1. If you’re reading this, you are probably a wheelchair user/mobility impaired/friend or partner to the aforementioned and interested in making your/their home be both comfortable and beautiful – I’m figuring the words Disability, Decor, Design, Wheel, Chic, Home in the title of this piece drew you here.
2. Like me, you’ve probably scoured the internet looking for like-minded people who’ve been there, done it, live in stunning – or even just bearable – wheelchair-style and who will be both inspiration for your own plans and a practical source of good information.
3. You’ve reached a point of utter despair after said search, feeling depressed, fed-up and that the words Disability, Decor, Design, Wheel, Chic, Home are, in fact, oxymoronic and what remains of your/your loved ones life is doomed to be lived out in a home full of ungainly and unsightly equipment and adaptations.
And yet, you keep hoping for more … so, you keep on looking.
No problem with inspiration for general home-style aesthetics, given the multitude of interiors style blogs about. I share my own ideas on this via my Plus Black blog: Interiors and on Insta @stiletto_wheels and you will do your own thing as we all do.
It’s combining style with ‘adaptations’ that is the problem given that most adaptations we see are so ugly/poorly done/ridiculously expensive (often all three of these) and, often, really hard to visualise in our own homes.
Adding to the mix, there is no one size fits all answer to the adaptation issues as there are so many possible variables in size/shape/variety/volume of homes, assistive needs, budgets and desires.
As a consequence, most of us, me included, end up focusing entirely on our own situation – for adaptation and style – making a few compromises along the way and then, just keep on working at it over periods spanning years hence, in part, my current renovation project which I hope will interest some of you.
However, I do recognise that my situation is at the extreme end of assistive need. In my three-storey home, I have a lift, special bed, adapted bathroom and kitchen access, hoists, power wheelchairs … pretty much everything a highly dependent, non-standing, wheelchair user needs; one who is in the top 5-10% of extreme dependency need.
I also pay privately for almost everything which means there are few (social service/OT/NHS) constraints for me in terms of choices I make or aids/adaptations that I think I need, other than the extent of my own bank balance.
For the majority of you needing less extreme adaptive assistance or negotiating with authorities for social funding, Vicki’s blog at Wheel Chic Home may be much more helpful in terms of pragmatic, practical ideas, to make your home life easier and more stylish right now, sourcing items that may be easily replaced or supplemented when circumstances and/or budgets change.
Vicki has been blogging on fabulous home-style with adaptation for a couple of years and you can read more about Vicki and her husband, who has MS and is a wheelchair user with a progressive prognosis, here: Design, Disability And Decor.
Naturally, I hope you’ll continue to be interested in Access(ing) My Home at Stiletto Wheels as well as exploring Vicki’s blog for ideas and inspiration. 😉
And, it would be great if you’d pass on, via comments below, any helpful ideas or insights for me and/or links to other sites and blogs on Design Disability and Decor that you’ve come across.
Let’s all share the love 🖤
All the images here are courtesy and © Wheel Chic Home 2016-2018
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