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    Fear of rolling down my staircase...?

    Hi Guys,

    Just wondering if anyone lives in a house where there is the possibility of falling down steps in their wheelchair….? (e.g. wheelchair being at the top of a staircase ).

    I have a hallway that runs past a staircase going down to a lower level… I’m a power chair and sometimes I worry I’ll drive poorly and potentially fall down… if I'm drunk :-)

    Does anyone have a good solution for this…? But not some ugly stair gate… (other able bodied people use the stairs as well)….

    I’m currently in the process of having to put in a new stair case so it would be the perfect time to adapt it….

    Any automated type solution maybe … or maybe more practically....an extended first top step maybe…?

    Idea...below ?
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    #2
    There are a lot of fairly attractive "baby gates" that you could put there, or have a swing type gate custom made.
    Don't drink and drive!

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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      #3
      Seems pretty simple. Don't get drunk.

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        #4
        Originally posted by baldfatdad View Post
        Seems pretty simple. Don't get drunk.
        Yes! It worked for me. And I learned that if I didn't take the first drink, I'd never get drunk. Haven't been drunk since 1983.
        69yo male T12 complete since 1995
        NW NJ

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          #5
          Yeah, I actually don't drink a lot at all but I do drive my power chair as if I do sometimes... so any other ideas welcome please!

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            http://thelovenotesblog.com/2017/05/diy-baby-gate/

            How do you get upstairs? Do you have an elevator?

            (KLD)
            The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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              #7
              Originally posted by baldfatdad View Post
              Seems pretty simple. Don't get drunk.
              This doesn’t seem like a realistic solution.

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                #8
                I don't know what the regulations would say about a safety gate, but I believe that if you had a door at the top of the stairs then the std building code would require a landing on the other side of the door, i.e. the threshold cannot be the top step. It applied to a gate I installed at the top of some exterior stairs I built.

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                  #9
                  Originally posted by SCI-Nurse View Post

                  How do you get upstairs? Do you have an elevator?[/URL]

                  (KLD)
                  There is a lift that I use.

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                  • SCI-Nurse
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                    Lift (UK)? Elevator (USA)? It sure would be helpful to have your location indicated in your profile. (KLD)

                  #10
                  I like KLD's solution.
                  If you fell down those stairs you could break your neck.

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                    #11
                    I would be concerned that a 300-400 lbs. out of control power wheelchair may plow right through some gates at the top of staircases. Most pre-made plastic or wooden staircase gates are built to prevent crawling and toddling children from falling. Likely not as attractive, but possibly a steel mesh/rail security gate could be attractively fabricated.

                    NL

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