Former patients share ideas for making a home wheelchair accessible.
Written By John Christensen
Photography By Kelvin Ma and Louie Favorite
The windows themselves were donated, as were bathroom supplies, a water heater, closets, wood flooring. A finish carpenter installed crown molding at no charge and built a desk to Chris’ specifications so he can continue his work as a technical underwriter for Boston Capital.
The foundation was built at cost, and the paint, roof and site work were all donated. And upon learning that Chris spent every moment he could in the garden at Shepherd Center – “I had to be outside and get fresh air,” he says – another donor contributed a design for a back yard garden.
Despite the good intentions of those who want to help, Pat suggests proceeding carefully.
“I’ve seen roll-in showers with a one-inch lip,” she says. “That’s not a roll-in shower. Just because someone says they specialize in accessible design or construction doesn’t mean they’re good. Like everything else, you should get references, and don’t assume it will be done right. You’ve got to be an active participant in the process. No one knows you as well as you.”