How to Stay Safe While Using the Bathroom as a Wheelchair User

February 24, 2016 | 8:00 am | By Pants Up Easy

Here at Pants Up Easy, we talk about using the bathroom a lot. It’s not that we enjoy potty humor or anything, but the restroom is sort of the whole reason this company exists. Our founder Douglas Pearson has a good friend in a wheelchair (Paul), who always seemed to take too long in the restroom. Doug eventually got bold enough to just point blank ask his friend why; why was he taking so darn long in there? And the answer shocked him – Paul was struggling to get his pants back up. That was when one of the simplest (and most effective) inventions in recent memory was created: Pants Up Easy.

It’s not a complicated invention, but it gets the job done. Pants Up Easy is like a spare set of arms you can use to prop up your body while you pull your pants up. You drape your real arms over the padded rubber “arms” of Pants Up Easy, which provides support while you reach down to grab your pants. Simple, right? It’s an excellent way to stay safe while using the bathroom as a wheelchair user.

However, we aren’t just here to sell you our product; we’d like to provide solutions, too. So here are some other ways to stay safe while in the restroom:

  • Wait For the Disabled Stall

Most bathroom stalls are woefully small, so many able-bodied folks will end up stealing the disabled stall for the extra room. Although it’s a hassle, you should probably wait for it. It will be the only stall big enough for your wheelchair and it has the support bars you need.

  • Pull Your Pants Down Before the Transfer

This is more of a preference thing, but it can also help you stay safe. Before you move to the toilet, consider pulling your pants down below the knee. That way, you don’t have to worry about sitting on the toilet in your pants or trying to pull them down once you’re on the throne. And if mobility is that important, you could always take one pant leg clean off – that will allow for much greater movement.

  • Take Your Time When Transferring

In reality, transferring is the most dangerous thing you’re going to do in the restroom. Therefore, take your time to evaluate the move beforehand and make the transfer slowly. Ensure the brakes are always engaged before moving and grab a hold of something secure to steady yourself (this is where those support bars will come in handy).

  • Watch For Wet Spots

This is a restroom, after all. Traction is critical for stability, and setting your wheels in a wet spot is bad for traction. Watch the floor.

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