Does anybody know how difficult it would be for someone to move to STT who primarily uses a motorized wheelchair? She would need a handicapped apartment and would need to be able to get around a neighborhood to get to the grocery store and other daily errands. Is this possible? What would be the best area for her to look at?
On St. Croix, there is an apartment complex behind Sunny Isle Shopping Center. It is two story, but I do believe it is for the elderly, so I'm sure it's wheelchair accessible. I apologize for posting without being able to give you the name, plus it's on St. Croix, not St. Thomas. Perhaps someone else can come up with the name and contact info. There is not a grocery in Sunny Isle, but there is pretty much everything else, including bank, Kmart, IHOP, Dollar store, Radio Shack, etc. It is also not far from the hospital. There must be an appropriate government office to call and inquire. Human Services, maybe?
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I have a disability that requires me to use a cane and I do all right on STX but should my condition worsen I think it would be difficult but not impossible to negotiate the VI. Should my condition progress to a need for a scooter then my plan is to move back to Oahu and get a place in Waikiki. Honolulu is the most accessible place I've seen. The joke with my wife is that I'll get a nice, young Phillipino girl to take care of me and push me around to play bridge and take ukulele lessons at the beach park. and eat nochi.
The towns in the VI were built 250 years ago and are slow to comply with ADA, but the weather is the best in the world and the climate will make you feel the best you can. Try it for a week or two. It could be your Paradise.
My husband is at the point that we are looking at wheelchair purchase this week. Hubby and I have been discussing it. You could get around Red Hook fairly well we think. Of course the mall, K mart (they have a motorized chair for use in the store - saved our sanity a few weeks ago while trying to (irony here) find him a new pair of shoes) Cost U Less also has a wheel chair (not motorized) for customer use. Don't know about Price Smart. i would think Marina Market lanes would be too small but my hubby is X-L. Nisky Center seems fairly accessible as well. Crown Bay Marina, Yacht Haven Grande and American Yacht Harbor docks seem doable. We were thinking Sapphire or Magens for a beach as we can get the chair close to the water and use the cane or walker from there. We are making a list and checking it twice - if you want to stay in touch PM me.
I think it depends upon the person. I brought my mother here on stx 4 years ago and life was way too hard for her but she was so used to how handicap friendly it was in the states. Her condition was pretty bad and she went down hill quickly mostly due to her lung disease. I never left the house because of the power going out and her not being able to start the generator or hooking up to a back up oxygen bottle. It was very difficult. There was a poster on the board who seemed to have a pretty severe handicap. Her posting name was hipcrip and I was amazed at how well she seemed to do. She doesn't post anymore but I think she still reads the message board. Maybe she will respond. Again I think it depends on upon the person and their own personal handicap. Many people do so well here. I have severe disk disease.
Swimming in the ocean and climate have made that much better for me. St. Coix is not very handicap friendly but St. Thomas may be different. If there is a will there is always a way. Good luck to you.
Does anyone know of a 1 bedroom apartment on STX that is handicap accessible available in January and February 2016?
St Croix is one the most wheelchair unfriendly places. It would be virtually impossible for a wheelchair to maneuver around downtown Christiansted.
I hate to be discouraging but I don't think STT is any more user friendly for handicapped persons than STX. Many areas don't even have sidewalks, most neighborhoods don't and STT has much more of a mountainous terrain.
To get around, you really need a car.
There really aren't neighborhoods that are nearby to grocery stores, etc., that one can get to with ease in a wheelchair. The majority of our roads don't have sidewalks either and what there are, are pretty narrow. Good luck to you as it will be challenging.
there is a wheelchair ramp near the post office downtown that no wheelchair i have ever seen has any hope of ever using. there is no room for the chair not just because it is too small but also because there is a big telephone/electrical pole in the way along with numerous other signs
would love to know who authorized that waste of money