Wheelchair Etiquette - Thinking Of Others

Wheelchair etiquette is all about making life easier for those that are in a wheelchair. For many of us that have never spent any time in a wheelchair, we take for granted the simple things that require very little effort when someone is not in a wheelchair. 

One of the most important things to do to show proper etiquette is to open doors for those in a wheelchair. There are some public places that offer doors that open at the push of a button for those in a wheelchair, but the majority of places do not have the right equipment installed to do that. 

Wheelchair EtiquetteTaking the time to open a door for them will be greatly appreciated as it makes their life a little easier. 

I have also found opportunities to help them at the grocery store. I remember one instance where a lady was in a wheelchair at the store and found it difficult to put the bags of groceries in the little basket at the front of her wheelchair. My wife was quick to have our children help her and so they got the experience of showing love and care for a total stranger. 

Staying out of their way can also be an important thing to do. I have seen situations where someone in a wheelchair is trying to move through a crowded hallway and can't because of people in the way and they are fearful of running over someone's toes. Make sure that your toes are not in the way. 

In fact, if you want to go a step further with your wheelchair etiquette, you could even help clear a path for them to get through. The gold rule certainly applies here and you can do for others what you would hope they would do for you. 

The whole point of this is to remember that there are such small things you can do to make a big difference for those in a wheelchair. 

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