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Hope for the best but prepare for the worst. That’s the advice which drives most of us to some extent. It’s a saying that will always help us through a variety of events. But we tend to apply it somewhat unevenly. The defining factor often comes down to health and disability. We simply don’t like to consider the idea that severe illness might enter our lives one day.

As such, we tend to avoid changing our habits, homes and lives around to prepare for possible accident or illness. But in the end, this is a rather misguided idea. In many ways one might even see it as selfish. One can write it off as just not wanting to admit personal frailty. People think that they don’t want to consider disability in their future because they need to be there for their spouse or children. But what people often forget is that their spouse or children might be the one in need. And in putting off looking at possible mobility issues in the home one will be making life quite a bit more difficult for them.

It’s still understandable to some extent. For example, nobody would expect someone to learn sign language just on the off chance that there would be a need one day. That’s something very limited to a specific and somewhat rare need. There are other precautions which are more in line with expected need though. One of them is need for a wheelchair or walker. Again though, it’s best not to jump the gun on that one. Someone shouldn’t actually purchase a wheelchair based on possible need for one in the future. But what one should do is examine a home to ensure that it’s compatible with both should the need arise.

It’s important to consider too that this isn’t just for one’s immediate family. Imagine if a guest in a wheelchair was going to come over. Then imagine telling them that they wouldn’t be able to use a shower in the entirety of their stay with you. That isn’t hyperbole either. As we’ll see, this is one of the more common problems with mobility devices. But to figure out which rooms are impacted you’ll want to grab a tape measure. You should consider the maximum width of any mobility device you’ll want to accommodate in the future. Now look over problem areas in your home and measure them.

Most people will find themselves needing to move a piece of furniture here and there. But bathrooms tend to be the most difficult areas. One might need to get a contractor to install any new type of Frameless Shower Enclosure Services el segundo ca.


And one should plan accordingly for other rooms. Thankfully California residents won’t have to worry about basements. Otherwise most of the other issues are easy to sort out. It usually comes down to ensuring a mobility device has adequate clearance. But in taking care of the issue before there’s a serious need one can alleviate a lot of rough spots in the future. It can scale from embarrassment when a houseguest can’t use the shower to help a spouse adapt to her newfound disability.