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How can a portable threshold help me if I have a disability?

If you have difficulty getting over your door threshold due to your disability, and sanding your door threshold is not possible either due to materials, door design, or because you rent, there is a reasonably low-cost solution -- a portable threshold ramp that sits over the existing one. Made of lightweight but sturdy aluminum, the design extends the width of the threshold, making a gentler transition into the house. The advantage of this ramp is that you can fold it up and take it with you when visiting the homes of friends and family whose doorways may provide a challenge. There are several styles, some of which allow easy access over a step or two.

You might also check with your local building center or National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) office to get a referral to a contractor who specializes in “universal design” or “aging in place” concepts. Not all ramps work for everyone, so try before you buy (contact your local senior center or independent living center to see if they have samples) or get a “satisfaction guaranteed” warranty.

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