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Positioned in the center of the room is a futon set at the same height as my wheelchair. This allows me to transfer easily from my wheelchair onto the futon. The futon provides me a platform on which I can stretch and dress as well as a folding table when laundry come out of the dryer. Beneath the futon are three drawers on either side which provide easily accessible storage. There are two vertically mounted grab bars which provide me the ability to reposition myself once on the futon.
There’s tile flooring in the laundry room through the hallway and into the master bathroom. This allows for me to move about in my shower chair as I leave the bathroom dripping from the shower. Also this room is on the second floor so privacy isn’t a concern, but the five windows are five feet above the ground and provide amble natural light in this room.
Along the south wall are a series of built-in dresser drawers and hanging rods at different heights. The two lower rods and four lower drawers are accessible from a wheelchair, the upper four drawers and two upper rods are available to an able bodied adult.
The real beauty of this set up is its functionality. There’s amble room on either side of the futon for a wheelchair to maneuver. On the north side of the futon resides my shower chair. When I wheel into the room in the morning I park my standard wheelchair on the south side of the futon, transfer onto the futon, undress, then transfer onto my shower chair and proceed onto my roll-in shower. After showering I return, grab my clothes, toss them onto the futon, proceed to the north side of the futon, transfer back onto the futon, dress then transfer back to my standard wheelchair and off to start my day.
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