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
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
When you shop for a wheelchair and look for the specific features and adjustments there is something else you need to keep in mind: The accessibility of your home. Modifying your home to accommodate your new lifestyle as a wheelchair user is one of the things you need to consider. The quality and level of permanence of the modifications will depend on the finances available and whether the house you live in is rented or not.
The following tips will ensure you transform your home into one that you or your family member in a wheelchair will find easy to live in.
This is the room that many wheelchair users and elderly people find great difficulty using much as it is a room whose need is inevitable. The initial step in enabling the independence of a wheelchair user in the bathroom is to make the doorway wide enough to accommodate turning of the wheelchair from a hallway entrance. A roll-in shower with hand-held shower and grab bars on the wall will come handy in making it easy for you to use the bathroom. Also, a 34″ lowered suspended sink is another accessory that is ideal for your convenience in the bathroom. Enough space on both sides of the bathroom is important for transfer. All these should be made non-slip, with covers of rubber mats, ceramic slips with anti-slip finishes. Continue reading