Open and close terrace door in adapted house

A simple modification enables a person with a high spinal cord injury to open and close a sliding door without assistance

User opens sliding door
User opens sliding door

Description
A looped cord hangs from the handle of the sliding door. To open the door the user holds on to the loop with his elbow and drives backwards with the chair. To close the door he presses his hand against the door’s metal frame and drives forwards.

Users comments
The terrace door is heavy and has become harder to operate over the years, but the user can still open and close it.

Paid for by
The user

Whose idea
The user

This tip is from 2007

Door handle with loop
Door handle with loop
User closes sliding door
User closes sliding door

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Tipsare: Anders

Anders lives together with his partner in a house. He is working part time. He was injured in 1989 and has a high spinal cord injury (C4-5). He has personal assistance.