The Right Way to Open Doors for Wheelchair Users

Mar 3, 2020 | Disability Care News

Daniella is always helping us out with little tips on how we can be of help to friends and family who use a wheelchair. 

Let’s face it if you have not had a lot of experience around people living “the wheelchair life” it can be a little daunting knowing what you can do to help and even if you should help. It may even be the case where some wish to avoid the embarrassment and awkwardness so much that they shy away from these situations altogether. 

That is why Daniella’s youtube channel is so important as she takes a light-hearted look at some of these issues and teaches us all how to be a little more comfortable with each other.

So in this video she tackles helping with doors. Here are her tips…

Do not…

  • Open the door and reach over to allow me to go under your arm
  • Put your back against the open door 

Keep in mind that the wheelchair takes up about 90% of the doorway width. There is never enough room for you and my chair in the doorway

Instead…

Walk through the swing of the door and then stand at the end of the door edge, in line with the open door. That way your body does not take up any of the space in the doorway allowing the wheelchair room to get through with ut any awkward collisions or running over anyone toes. 

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