Locked in an Open Room
May 4, 2010 8:50 AM Subscribe
How can a wheelchair-bound lady get through doors with heavy springs?
posted by Acari to health & fitness (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A friend's mother has recently started living at an old folks' home, and is having one particular issue which sounds like it should have a simple solution. She is either in a wheelchair [most of the time] or using a walker [rarely] and she is free to go where she chooses in this large complex.
The problem is that the doors are self-closing and push themselves shut harder than she can push them open. She can operate the latch, and she can push the door enough to *see* outside, but when she tries to push a bit farther she gets rolled right back into her room.
The nurses and assistants won't come to open every single door for her so she is reluctant to even call them to open her bathroom door [which is the same].
The best idea that her son has come up with is a sort of a doorstop onna stick that she can jam under the door to make incremental progress. I think that would be useful with a walker, but that devoting one hand to it would make her unable to push in the wheelchair. My suggestions have been less useful: a heavy remote controlled car to drive into the door or loosening the springs on her own door and bathroom door [which wouldn't help her get past her own hallway].
There are a lot of doorways to get through in this place, and the only one that is easy to get through is the main exit.
Is this something anyone here has successfully dealt with? It seems so simple, but is really frustrating for her to be essentially locked in her room all day.