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Lotta

Together with her husband, her daughter, three dogs and a cat Lotta lives in a two-story house in the countryside. She is working as a volunteer for Rekryteringsgruppen (an organization of persons with spinal cord injuries). She was injured in 1983 and has a high paraglegia (TH 3). She does not have any personal assistance.


47 tips and ideas 
Counter with knee-space and sinkAccessible kitchen
Kitchen suitable for wheelchair users
Wall-mounted folding ironing boardAccessible laundry room
Practical laundry room for wheelchair users
ShowerAccessible shower
Shower with custom-designed glass wall – appropriate for wheelchair users.
Stacked washer/dryerAccessible stacked washer/dryer
Stacked washer/dryer works for wheelchair users
Terrace with exit from living roomAccessible terrace
Accessible terrace
Toilet and washbasinAdapted bathroom
Well-functioning adapted bathroom suitable for wheelchair users.
User in kayakAdapted kayak
Rekryteringsgruppen offers kayak lessons for persons who have a spinal cord injury
User vacuumsCentral vacuum cleaner
Cleaning with central vacuum cleaner is convenient for wheelchair users, though it taking out the long hose can be difficult.
Chair stairliftChair stairlift
Chair stairlift in two-story house with narrow stairway.
Closet with sliding doorsCloset with sliding doors
Easily accessible closet suitable for wheelchair users
Clothes closetClothes closet
Accessible clothes closet
User at computer deskComputer desk with slide-out workspace
Convenient computer desk suitable for persons who use a manual wheelchair
Ramp to entranceCovered outdoor ramp
Ramp that blends in with environment
User sitting in the kayak with cushion between kneesCushion between knees in boat
A cushion between the knees helps the user to maintain a good seated posture in a kayak for people with functional impairments
User on walk with dogs running round herDogs for wheelchair users
Herding dogs are appropriate dogs for wheelchair users
Drying rack on castersDrying rack on casters
Portable drying rack on casters is suitable for wheelchair users.
Gate on rampEnclosure for dogs
The enclosure make it possible for a user who operates a wheelchair to be able to let the dogs out
FireplaceFireplace
Fireplace provides extra heat for persons who have a hard time staying warm.
Floating dock with wooden rampFloating dock with wooden ramp
A floating dock guarantees an even height between dock and kayak, which facilitates transfers for people with physical disabilities
Garage with car and PermobilGarage with plentiful storage
A small garage is arranged so that it is suitable for a wheelchair user
Garden toolsGarden tools
Short-handled garden tools work best when working in easily accessible raised beds
Raised bed with old window next to itHomemade raised beds
Accessible raised beds that also work as greenhouses
User with kayak skirt in kayak
Kayak skirt
Kayak skirt keeps the kayaker warm and protects against water
Oven and microwaveMicrowave installed above oven
A microwave that is only used to heat food can be placed above the oven, even in an accessible kitchen.
Clothes dryer seen from the terraceOutdoor clothes dryer
Outdoor clothes dryer placed so a wheelchair user can hang laundry
Oven in tall cabinetOven in modified kitchen
The oven door, which opens downwards, protects the user if she should drop something hot when removing food from the oven.
Pantry with slide-out storagePantry with slide-out storage
Pantry with slide-out storage appropriate for accessible kitchen
Paper towel holderPaper towel holder
Easily accessible paper towel holder
Plastic basketPlastic basket to move objects
A basket for moving objects, appropriate for wheelchair users.
User gets a cup from the upper cabinet using pliersPliers to reach things in high deep cabinets
Wheelchair users can reach things that are farther away with pliers.
Raised beds made from pallet collarsRaised beds from pallet collars
Easy to make, simple accessible raised beds
User in Permobil on rampsRamp for Permobil electric wheelchair
Telescoping ramp on country home lot
The user drives on a wooden ramp over a ditchRamp to garden
Ramp across ditch on a wheelchair-accessible lot
Ramp to vacation home entranceRamp to vacation home
Wooden ramp with railing
Refrigerator and freezerRefrigerator and freezer in accessible kitchen
Counter space next to the refrigerator makes it easy to remove things and put them away - appropriate for wheelchair users.
User by upper raised bedResidential garden
Residential garden with raised beds
Riding lawnmowerRiding lawnmower
Wheelchair user can mow lawn with an MTD riding lawnmower
Gel cushion on seat in boat
Seat cushion in boat
Pressure-relieving seat cushion
Permobil Trax in garageStorage place for electric wheelchair
Storage place for Permobil in garage
Storage unit on castersStorage unit on casters with recycling bins
Storage unit on casters with practical recycling bins for sorting waste. The unit is heavy to move.
Elevated toiletToilet facilities with elevated toilet
Elevated toilet facilitates transfers for wheelchair users
Towel rack with pivoting armsTowel rack with pivoting arms
Space-saving towel rack for many towels
The user moves from the wheelchair to the dockTransfer from wheelchair to kayak
Transfer technique for wheelchair users
User at ironing boardWall-mounted folding ironing board
Customized ironing board
Stand with bucket for hose nozzleWatering accessible raised beds
Watering system that can be handled by a wheelchair user
Summer home with rampWheelchair accessible country home
Country home with accessible garden
User on pathWheelchair accessible path to dock
A power wheelchair works best on gravel path by lake