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How I Created a Wheelchair Friendly Backyard to Make the Most of Summer

How I Created a Wheelchair Friendly Backyard to Make the Most of Summer

When it comes to wheelchair accessibility, a home transforms from a simple place to live, into a haven for freedom. To maintain a sense of wonder and empowerment for people with mobility issues, a living space must be designed with their needs in mind. For example, the four key elements in my wheelchair-accessible backyard that significantly impact my independence are flat concrete surfaces, a wheelchair lift leading to the backyard, a range of table surfaces, and a seamlessly smooth path connecting the front and backyard.

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Concrete Flat Surfaces: A Foundation of Freedom

A wheelchair-accessible backyard foundation primarily comprises flat concrete surfaces, which offer a stable base for unrestricted movement. These surfaces provide wheelchair users with easy access around the outdoor space by giving flat, smooth surfaces that remove unnecessary obstacles and physical strain. Concrete or flat stoned surfaces improve stability and mobility, lowering the possibility of falls, accidents, and friction against terrains like grass! This essential feature allows people to navigate without exerting themselves excessively, which promotes a higher sense of independence and self-assurance.

Woman in wheelchair in her paved backyard

A Lift to Boundless Outdoor Exploration

For those in wheelchairs who want to enjoy the beauty of nature independently, having a wheelchair lift in the backyard is a game-changer! In my home, the ground floor is higher than the backyard, so having this lift is critical. It opens up a new world of joy by removing the need for assistance or struggling with manual lifts to access outdoor spaces. With a wheelchair lift, the possibilities are endless—you can soak up the fresh air, tend to a garden, or relax and unwind in nature. It’s all about reconnecting with the outdoors and gaining that great independence.

Related: 3 Things in My Accessible Home That Just Make Sense

Woman in a wheelchair lift going into her wheelchair-friendly backyard

Versatile Table Surfaces: Facilitating Multifaceted Pursuits

A diversity of table surfaces is another component of an outdoor space that is wheelchair accessible. Height-adjustable tables are the dream but are often very pricey. The accessibility of adjustable tables offers comfort and simplicity of use for people of different wheelchair heights, whether dining, enjoying hobbies, or working outside. Without this technology, having a variety of table heights ensures that any wheelchair user, no matter manual or electric, can find a space to sit easily.

Person in wheelchair showcasing large pathways in her accessible backyard.

Seamless Front-to-Backyard Access: A Gateway to Autonomy

In a home that is wheelchair accessible, a crucial element that promotes independence is a smooth, unimpeded route that runs from the front yard to the backyard. This well-designed path makes it easy to navigate between outdoor places by removing impediments like rocky terrain, stairs, or tight spaces. A smooth path also provides a secondary exit for emergency purposes! Plus, it fosters a sense of autonomy, reaffirming that people with mobility issues may interact and embrace their surroundings without restrictions or barriers.

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How to Make a Wheel-Chair Friendly Backyard

Homes that are wheelchair accessible and thoughtfully designed with necessary features become havens of independence, fostering the freedom and self-determination of people with mobility challenges. Including flat surfaces, wheelchair lifts leading to the backyard, a variety of table surfaces, and seamlessly smooth pathways from the front yard to the backyard empower residents to navigate their living spaces with ease. These features make daily tasks more accessible while cultivating a strong sense of empowerment, self-sufficiency, and connection to the environment by ensuring accessibility and removing obstacles.

As a result, we can build homes that celebrate diversity, encourage independence, and stand as a testament to the inherent human spirit’s capacity for resiliency and triumph over adversity through intentional design and inclusive spaces.

Photos courtesy of Taylor Lindsay-Noel 



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