Sue and I have been kicking around the idea of moving Ryan, all his equipment and items to the basement level. It would be a somewhat massive undertaking, given the weight of his bed and shear volume of equipment. The storage area is beyond a mess. But, here’s our thinking…
The basement is 2/3 finished, with a storage area that we’d like to tackle in phase II. This area would eventually be Ryan’s room, with a small sitting room off of it — where Sue or I could go for a little privacy — while being within earshot and arm shot of Ryan. We have a full bathroom already in place. The idea would be to convert the tub/shower into a zero-entry shower. We believe Ryan benefited greatly from showering when at Kessler. Since being home, we have not had this ability and have been giving him bed baths (which, by the way, creates loads of laundry).
We also have a walk-out basement, which means we could easily take him outside onto a deck. It also offers seclusion and has a beautiful view. Further, it is there in case of an emergency, provided we lay a sidewalk for easy access. The basement does have two full-sized double windows to provide natural light, but I’m sure we’d need to beef up the illumination.
The “main” area of the basement is wide-open, with no walls (just a support pillar). This is ideal for making into a therapy area.
The nice thing is, we could begin converting this at any time once we have emergency access available. I can’t think of a single thing we would sacrifice.