The struggle to go from floor to wheelchair is a first and foremost a safety issue. Yet it also infringes upon what I can do. Swimming, camping, and biking become problematic. The problem is as much mental as it is practical. Like many others I embrace an extreme form of independence. I hate asking for help. I have mellowed a bit as I have aged thanks in large part to participation in adaptive sports. When skiing for example I need help to get to the lift as well as help getting on and off said lift. There is irony here that I am well aware of.
I have racked my brain for ways to get from floor to wheelchair. Enter the Para Ladder. The Para Ladder is a great idea. I have seen ads and thought this is the perfect solution. See http://www.paraladder.com/ Check out the photo:
This simple design solves my problem. Not so fast. The Para Ladder is essentially an 11 pound step ladder. It retails at various websites for $700 to $800.
Alternatives exist with slight modifications. Here is a standard $70 house hold step stool.
Clearly this step stool is not ideal. The Para Ladder is a far better design. But it also costs $700+ I am happy to save over $600 and modify an inexpensive step stool. I can envision many ways to make a step stool work for my needs. If can figure this out I am sure others can as well.