Completing regular house chores with a power wheelchair does not change the fact that taking out the trash, sweeping, and washing dishes are still chores. Though a power wheelchair is meant to make these endeavors possible for people with limited mobility, it is important to remember that methods must be modified to fit your new means of getting around.
A power wheelchair enables you to get around your home, but no longer can you step up and down from ledges, climb on step-ladders, or crouch to pick something up. For cleaning projects, consider changing the tools you use. Lightweight brooms with short handles, hand-held vacuum cleaners or rolling shop-vacs, as well as mini-ramps smoothing any bi-level doorways make house chores possible. Many versions of these tools in stores are designed for able-bodied people. However, friends or family can modify brooms and mops for you, or you can find them in many mainstream hardware stores.
After a day of cleaning, handling dinner preparation and kitchen clean-up can seem daunting. These household chores are also best handled by using tools that fit the mechanics of a power wheelchair. Pots and pans with long handles, a microwave, and a dishwasher are all key to handle cooking as well as doing the dirty dishes. Having proper kitchen utensils reduces the chance of accidents like burns, and ensures that you are properly cooking your food and avoiding possible bacterial.
While cooking and cleaning are both daily tasks that take up a good deal of our day, shortcuts are available for folks in power wheelchairs to allow them to breeze through each chore without a second thought. There are options, and house chores with a power wheelchair do not need to be a Sisyphean task.