I have not seen discussion on this topic except for Frolicking Dinos thread on setting sag. Perhaps, in light of some other conversations it would be helpful to find out what aspects of hammocks can assist in what kind of disabilities. I am looking here for specific examples assuming people want to share from their own experience. In other words "I've had a bad back for years and sleep better in my hammock." is interesting but does not always allow someone else with a bad back to make comparisons because backs can be bad for many reasons.
Please... I am also not l ooking for solutions from people who do not know the limitations of a particular disability either first hand or through training. First hand includes family members who experience a similar type of disability. One thing is certain. Over time, the significant majority of us will suffer some reduction in mobility or some level of other disability in our lives. Having ideas that we can share regarding how we or others we know have over come or compensated for some of these could be a very important contribution.
I made the statement in another thread that the bottom entry was essential for me to still be out on the trail. That statement was clearly not understood. But then I did not explain the issue. So in the theory of if we ask people to reveal things about themselves we need to go first......
I have what is known as "peripheral neuropathy" in my legs and feet. This is a wildly personalized condition and presents differently in different people. For me.... I am losing strength and control in my legs. I can not stand up from a chair without at least arms on the chair to assist me. My legs will reach a certain angle and I will lose all strength and go down in a heap. On trying to get up... I will need to find ways to pull or push myself up from the ground using my upper body until my legs will engage..
The bottom entrance allows me total control of entering and exiting the hammock. I can place my arms directly above me and lower, or pull myself into/out of the hammock. From there I am ok.
I have yet to find a top loader which offers the same ability. I understand there are some mod straps which have been developed for assisting people in and out but the HH bottom entry is the only system I am aware of that offers this "off the shelf" so to speak. I have actually been trapped in a top loader, unable to get myself out without risking injury and ending up rolling out onto the ground. So there you have it.
Now having said that... I have no doubt that there are plenty of people who manage to get into and out of top loaders even with a mobility impairment. How do YOU do it. I build top loaders for my family. Obviously I need to test them and tweak them. so give me your solutions that work for you, or your family. Selling my gear and staying at home is not an option.
Please feel free to expand this to other disabilities as well.