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  • HOW DOES EVERYONE AVOID DESTROYING THEIR FRIENDS HOMES WHEN VISITING?

    Try as hard as I might it never fails that whenever I am visiting someone I will end up cutting a corner too sharp or misjudging a doorway and my chair will scrape up or n some way mess up the door jambs and baseboards and occasionally even the walls at my friends homes, and I end up feeling really bad about it. I have destroyed my own home as well, but I can deal with that because it is mine. Is there anything that can be done short of not entering into other peoples homes that anyone can suggest ti avoid the damages that they cause with their chairs?

  • #2
    Can you warn them ahead of time of the "turning radius" you need to navigate when you visit a home? Maybe they will stock up on cans of matching paint if they are fussbudgets about nicks and scratches.
    Please....do not stop visiting folks.....they want to see you.

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    • #3
      You just have to move around slower and more carefully in your friends' homes. Same with close public spaces like stores (all those display racks) and hotel rooms.

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      • #4
        Just slow down. Be a bit more careful and, don't be afraid to ask for help when needed or, in doubt.
        I refuse to tip toe through life, only to arrive safely at death.

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        • #5
          I'm just very careful when in someone else's home. I don't wheel normally, I go slowly and cautiously. At home I crash in to things every day, I don't know a way around that because I don't live in a wheelchair accessible home. Don't I wish. I'd love to be able to use the kitchen and wash the dishes without leaning, reaching, crashing and scraping things up. On a visit to someone else's place I go slow.

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          • #6
            I try to go slow, and even went so far as to remove my hand rims to make my chair narrower, but I still run into door jams occasionally and it really bothers me.

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            • #7
              It was never much of an issue when I was in my manual chair and had precise control. However, with my Permobil it is a different story. I just do not move around much. Our doors and walls have really suffered since I began using it. At friends, I move around much less than I used to.
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              • #8
                So basically just slow down . Ive tried this, but have now been allowed into my wife house for over 2 yawns now because she thinks that I caused damage intentionally

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                • #9
                  Holy resurrected thread! Are you still having problems with that? Has anyone said something to you? If not, just go about what you know you can do, and don't worry about it.
                  Lust my two cents.
                  Rollin' since '89. Complete C8

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Crappler View Post
                    Holy resurrected thread! Are you still having problems with that? Has anyone said something to you? If not, just go about what you know you can do, and don't worry about it.
                    Lust my two cents.
                    Actually, yes I am no longer allowed in my wife's house, ever, and although not because of the chair necessarily I really have no friends and am essentially alone in this world.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by nauticalmike View Post
                      Actually, yes I am no longer allowed in my wife's house, ever, and although not because of the chair necessarily I really have no friends and am essentially alone in this world.
                      Invite friends to your house, order up some fun takeaway food and enjoy your friends in the "safety" of your place.

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                      • #12
                        I rarely go to friends houses. They are nearly all inaccessible.

                        I get them to come to my barn house which is totally accessible as well as being a very serene space with high energy options!
                        And we have parties. Three weeks ago my wife turned 60 and I managed to finagle a 60 person surprise party. She was blown away!
                        She's a singer, so I invited most of the musicians she's worked with; ten showed up. Now I know why I let her buy that baby grand!
                        Sure sounds good with a jazz trio, singers, and soloists!
                        69yo male T12 complete since 1995
                        NW NJ

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by nauticalmike View Post
                          Try as hard as I might it never fails that whenever I am visiting someone I will end up cutting a corner too sharp or misjudging a doorway and my chair will scrape up or n some way mess up the door jambs and baseboards and occasionally even the walls at my friends homes, and I end up feeling really bad about it. I have destroyed my own home as well, but I can deal with that because it is mine. Is there anything that can be done short of not entering into other peoples homes that anyone can suggest ti avoid the damages that they cause with their chairs?
                          Never had the problem in our home and or in friends...agree if you cant judge your chair then slow it down!!

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                          • #14
                            Are you doing this with your frame of the chair or just crashing. You can a foam wrap used for wrapping around plumbing lines. You would probably need to tape It in a few spots. There is also those pool noodles in all sorts of colors. Those may make your chair too wide. But the plumbing one are a lot smaller and will bend around almost anything round. If you have a manual chair you could just wrap every6 to 8 inches of your wheel rims to add protection but still slows you to move your chair. Little harder but it can be done.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by RollPositive View Post
                              Never had the problem in our home and or in friends...agree if you cant judge your chair then slow it down!!
                              It's usually the castor forks hitting and/or push rims hitting when going down narrow hallways and then trying to turn into narrow doorways. Also sliding glass doors are a problem for me because the bottom tracker not very strong on the nylon doors. The one at my house is destroyed.

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