Apart from downsizing and living debt- and mortgage-free, tiny homes are also ideally suited as housing solutions for refugees, the homeless, and even people with mobility issues. People confined to a wheelchair often find themselves in a situation where their own homes become inaccessible to them, or they become a virtual prisoner in their homes, since despite many efforts most cities are still quite difficult to navigate for people in wheelchairs. With this in mind the Vermont-based firm LineSync Architecture designed a tiny home, which is aimed primarily at those who have been confined to the wheelchair whether through injury or by old age. The home is called Wheel Pad, and it is designed to allow such individuals to stay at home and near their families.
The Wheel Pad measures 200 sq ft (18.5 sq m) and it is a single level home, which rests atop a mobile chassis base. The latter ensures that you do not need a special permit to park it in most of the United States. It can even be attached to an existing home.
The firm consulted several specialists while designing the home, namely physicians, home health nurses, physical therapists and occupational therapists. As a result, the Wheel Pad comes equipped with a wide array of features that are aimed at making someone in a wheelchair more comfortable. All the fixtures in the home are installed at a lower height, there is a larger bathroom that has a double-swing door, while the home is also equipped with a ceiling track that functions like a Hoyer lift, which is a device that offers additional support when moving from space to space.
Wheel Pad is not aimed at just the elderly, but also injured veterans and civilians. It allows these people to continue living independently, in their own homes, which greatly improves their lives and state of mind. The firm has recently completed the prototype of the home.