Status: 04.12.2023, 11:00 a.m.
By: Anja Wilde
How can a walker or wheelchair be moved over the cobblestones? This is what the organizers from the network experience on their first own tour in Heimertingen from left: Stefanie Schleich (Bavarian Chamber of Architects), Hubert Plepla (District Office Unterallgäu), Walter Baur (Bavarian Association of the Blind and Visually Impaired), Christian Fröhlich (District Council) and Markus Schneider (Phönix Allgäu e. V.). © Wohlleb
Unterallgäu – A network, significantly supported by the district of Unterallgäu and the city of Memmingen, is committed to breaking down inner-city barriers for as many people as possible and making mobility safer for everyone.
The aim is for "our places of residence to enable independent participation for people in need of support as far as possible," explains Huber Plebla from the district's Senior Citizens' Concept Coordination Office.
In addition to limitations in mobility, it is also important to take into account problems with vision and hearing or orientation. Often, the challenges that people face in everyday life are not obvious. So how do those responsible on the ground recognize what a barrier is? To this end, the network now offers professional site inspections with experts, during which hot spots are identified, examined and documented. To this end, the participants, such as mayors, senior citizens' representatives, members of the building committee, slip into the role of people with disabilities. You can see for yourself whether the walker can be moved safely over the cobblestones or whether it is easy to access and use the toilets with a wheelchair. Based on the findings of the tour, recommendations for action for the municipality will be compiled. Expert support is provided by the Accessibility Advice Centre of the Bavarian Chamber of Architects.
District helps to break down barriers - municipalities and citizens can get in touch
All municipalities in the district are invited to have this site inspection planned and carried out by the network "Elderly Care and Mental Health Memmingen/Unterallgäu".
Citizens who know of weak points in their town from their own concern or as relatives can contact their town hall or contact the network directly for information: www.netzwerk-altenhilfe.de
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