6 Tips when Moving with Persons with Disability
Disability is not a hindrance, but it does make some endeavors much harder.
Moving is already a hard task for a person without any disabilities, but how much more for people who have? Whether it’s a physical or mental disability, they face different challenges when it comes to moving to a new place.
To make the entire moving stage stress-free for them, here are some tips you can follow.
1. Assess your new home ahead of time.
One of the most important things you have to do is to assess your new home ahead of time. If possible, do this while you’re still looking for a new place to stay.
The main thing you should consider is its accessibility for people who are on wheelchairs. It should be on a flat site, or at least it has a ramp. Check the width of every door in the house as well as every hallway.
When renting, make sure you check with your landlord if they allow possible changes to help make your new place more wheelchair friendly
Lastly, check the location of your new place and make sure it’s near health facilities like hospitals and rehabilitation centers. This makes sure you won’t be travelling far for checkups and treatments.
2. Hire the right movers.
The easiest and most stress-free way to move is to hire professional movers. They can pack your things and move it easily to the truck. After moving your stuff, you can also ask them to unload your stuff where you want it to.
It’s essential you also ask them if they have experience moving with persons with disability. Check if they have moved special health equipment that you might have.
3. Plan ahead of time.
The best thing to do is to have already a plan where you’re putting all your furniture, appliance, and boxes so you can supervise the movers efficiently when unloading. This also makes it easier for people with disabilities to move around freely.
4. Remove obstructions and anything that could cause injury.
Decluttering and packing can be chaotic but make sure there is enough space to maneuver. Better yet, remove anything that can obstruct the way or cause any injuries.
You can also work slowly from room to room to avoid making a big mess.
5. Ask for additional help.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help from your family or friends to make the whole task faster and much easier. This is especially helpful if you decide to move or prepare everything on your own.
6. Have an overnight pack ready.
Don’t pack everything you need. Make sure you have an overnight pack that you can open and access the night before and the day of the move. This may include medications, necessities, comfortable blankets and clothes, and anything your family will need.
People with special needs may require more assistance to make the whole journey more comfortable. The most important thing of all is to have an open conversation with them as well as your movers.