Solutions for Special Needs at Home
Recently, we read a truly heartwarming article on npr.org entitled “Building Better Houses For Wounded Soldiers,” which detailed an innovative military experiment dubbed the “Wounded Warrior Home.” Located at the Army’s Fort Belvoir in Virginia, Wounded Warrior Home is an attempt to accommodate injured or handicapped soldiers who wish to reside close to the army base. The initiative provides housing for soldiers with special needs or injuries, particularly for those who are full-time wheelchair users.
The Wounded Warrior Home accommodations feature some unique modifications that make life for special needs soldiers more comfortable: examples include hallways that are wide enough to turn around in a wheelchair and stovetops with adjustable heights for easy access. Another novel feature of the home is key card entry, so that soldiers who cannot manage traditional lock & key entry systems can come and go with ease.
|Photo credit courtesy of washingtonpost.com
The article quotes Casey Nolen of Clark Realty Capitol, "When you're in a wheelchair, it is a game of inches. Whether it's the width of the doorway, or it's the height of the counter — [it's] how far you can reach."
While our primary focus at Special Needs Group is special needs equipment and services for travelers, note that much of what we provide also assists in everyday home life and/or hosting a special needs visitor at your own home. Below, we’ve outlined a few particularly helpful devices:
Mobility Scooters & Power Chairs: These state-of-the-art mobility products are revolutionary and allow for more comfortable travel options than traditional wheelchairs. Choose from a variety of products that pertain to your specific needs.
Joy on the Beach Wheelchair: As mentioned in last week’s post, the Neatech “Joy on the Beach” Wheelchair is a great product for wheelchair uses who live close to the beach or are planning a beach vacation. Portable, lightweight and perfect for travel!
Home and Bath Safety Products: SNG offers a variety of useful tools to assist with bathing, cooking, getting dressed, other everyday tasks, and home safety. For additional information, feel free to give us a call at 1.800.513.4515.
To read the full “Wounded Warrior Home” story, click here, and don’t hesitate to give us a call at Special Needs Group if you’re interested in more information about the equipment mentioned in this post! We are certified distributors of many brands and products. Please feel free to contact us and inquire if we carry your brand!
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February 16, 2012