5 Tips for a Day Out as a Wheelchair User
You will agree with me when I say that it is harder to do some things when you have a wheelchair and rely on your wheelchair for mobility. That does not, however, mean that you should not get out and do what you enjoy just because you are a wheelchair user. A little planning ahead will help solve most problems that can be faced when using a wheelchair outdoors. The following tips will help you enjoy venturing out while in your wheelchair.
Consider the Weather
Unlike most people, you will be seated in your chair when everyone else is standing, your legs are going to be rained on the reason why you need to consider the weather and plan in advance. It is definitely not fun to sit in a wet trouser after a downpour. Also propelling yourself in mud or wet roads is tiresome and will get your sleeves wet and even muddy. Checking the weather forecast may not be the most practical thing to do each time you have to go outdoors in your wheelchair, but it may save you the misery of getting soaked. Continue reading
4 Factors that Affect the Mobility of Your Manual Wheelchair
The level of mobility of a wheelchair is what determines its efficiency. Good wheelchair mobility means it is easy to maneuver and operate; the rides are smooth and not hindered by any external or internal factors. And here is the disturbing question: What are the factors that affect mobility?
What Type of Terrain will be used by Wheelchair?
Smaller front wheels work better indoors and on wheelchairs used for sports, they have sharp turns compared to ones with large front wheels. On the other hand, outdoor and rough terrain requires larger front wheels. Large wheels will absorb the roughness of the terrain.
The Center of Gravity (COG) Adjustment
If you can adjust the center of gravity of your wheelchair you increase its stability. I will explain this, positioning your wheelchair’s center of gravity according to your needs ensures that your weight is evenly distributed hence ensuring stability. Aluminum light wheelchairs allow you to adjust the center of gravity by moving the rear wheel position forward, upward, upward and downward. But hang in there a minute… you should know how to balance this as the further back and upward you move the center of gravity the more weight shifts to the rear wheels. This will enhance mobility but hinder stability. Continue reading