The Asian custom to remove shoes in the home seems to be gaining momentum throughout the world. Many of my non-Asian friends are taking off their shoes too. And why not! It just makes for a cleaner, healthier home environment. Plus, your carpets and floors stay cleaner for longer too. Less mess, less stress – right?
So, I had an inquiry from a reader, Dr. Gene Emmer, who asked if I knew anything about wheelchair covers. To be honest, I didn’t because I didn’t even know such a thing existed.
Currently, I’m working on a remodeling project for a nursing home. They are updating the design to encourage a more welcoming, relaxing, and healing environment. Evaluating every finish and material in respect to the resident’s needs and comfort is an important aspect of the design. As expected, many residents there need a wheelchair. It’s wonderful to see how the wheelchair gives them the mobility that they wouldn’t have otherwise. To have the freedom to go places on their own instead of being confined in their rooms waiting for help, is really wonderful.
The nursing home is still a novel concept in Asia, so it’s more commonly accepted to look after family members at home. Nowadays, it’s getting harder and harder to do so because everyone is so busy working. Taking care of an aging parent can call for care around the clock, so it requires many hands and organization. This is also true for my family. We are all trying to do the best we can. In my father’s case, he can still get around with a walker. But, eventually, he may need a wheelchair.
Many Asians as well as those who take off their shoes in the home may wish to keep the dirt from entering the house even when using wheelchairs because this is what we are accustomed to. Now, covers for wheelchairs are available to protect your home and keep the dirt at bay. What a brilliant idea! Dr. Emmer has kindly put together the following information that is very informative for those using wheelchairs.
They can also be purchased on Amazon USA or Amazon’s European websites.
2 thoughts on “If We Remove Shoes in the House, Why Not Add Covers for Wheelchairs?”
My mom is in a wheelchair, and we are thinking about having her move in with us. I am concerned for my carpets, as we keep them as clean as we can and I think her chairs wheels could drag mud in. I think wheel socks like these could be a good solution, but could get frustrating if I’m not there to help her put them on. Thanks for sharing, this is definitely something to keep in mind if we don’t invest in an indoor chair.
It’s a very good point to be fair. I wonder how many people will get covers now.