Moving for disabled or physically challenged persons can seem overwhelming. Aside from mobility issues, there are logistical concerns that can make the move even more unclear. Those with physical mobility challenges may have special equipment they need moved, which could include:

  • Wheelchairs
  • Walkers
  • Hospital-type beds
  • Specially made furniture
  • Medical devices
  • Therapy equipment
  • Therapy pets

These are just some of the items that may have to be moved to a new location.

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If you find yourself in a situation where you are moving people with physical challenges, plan ahead using these tips:

  • Discuss the disability with your moving company. If special needs equipment is involved, tell them up front so they can create a plan for moving that equipment safely and securely. A layout plan for your new home will need to be developed (which can create additional obstacles).
  • To provide an accurate estimate of moving costs, your moving company needs to understand how many personnel are needed for moving and what kind of special equipment they’ll need for the move.
  • Pack a bag with extra clothing, toiletries, and any medication or equipment needed at your new residence.
  • When the movers arrive, have someone available to assist them, if necessary. Inventory all belongings prior to moving day. Also, make sure the movers have a clear walking path in and out of the residence.
  • If it is important where furniture is placed in the new location, create a layout map for the movers and give it to them when they arrive.
  • Take extra care with cables, cords and boxes on moving day. Keep them out of the way.
  • If you are moving special equipment, make sure you prep it before moving day. Secure any moving parts for the move.
  • Make sure your phone line, electricity, water, and other utilities are hooked up at your new residence before you arrive.

Moving day can be hectic, especially if you have a disability and special equipment. Be sure to plan and prepare well in advance.