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  • Independence Via Mobility Scooters

    Many people may find their movement restricted sometime in their lives. As our bodies weaken with age, we experience increasing loss of strength in our limbs and begin walking less and less efficiently as we did in youth. The young, on the other hand, could lose the power in their limbs through infirmity or accidents. Old or young, the mobility impaired stands to benefit from a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair. Both are designed to help those with limited use of their lower limbs to regain a independence they had lost.

    Most people take for granted the ability with which they perform common daily tasks. When this ability is lost, a person is likely to lose confidence as well. The loss of such ability may result in psychological problems which in turn, may further complicate the person's physical state. Thus, restoring a person's mobility becomes essential, if not paramount.

    For the physically challenged; the prospect of undertaking simple activities like shopping, running errands and visiting friends or relatives can be daunting without any aid. Clearly, a device which allows them to accomplish these has to be provided. In temperate climates, this may not seem as big a drawback as does in places where it can get extremely hot or dry. However, going outside for a bit of fresh air or to socialize is good even if only to lift one's spirit.

    Mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs not only enable physically challenged people to make short trips by themselves, they also help resume many of their routines independently of others. Increased independence in the physically challenged eases the anxiety and pressure on their friends or loved ones. This independence ultimately restores the dignity of users of mobility scooters.

    With regard to aging individuals with increasing loss of limb functionality, mobility scooters allow them to keep their independence longer. Although electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters serve the same purpose, scooters are more widely used. Electric Wheelchairs compared to mobility scooters are bulky devices which are more difficult to store in addition, the size of the wheelchair may limit access to certain areas.

    Many people favor the look of scooters over the boxed-in look of wheelchairs. Beyond mere looks, the scooter's streamlined design makes its user feel less restricted or confined. Last but not least, there is a wide variety of mobility scooters to suit the specific needs and preferences of different users.

  • Pediatric Wheelchairs

    Disabled children or those with debilitating disorders do not necessarily have to be denied their right to a normal childhood. Parents must choose a wheelchair specifically for pediatrics in order to help their child experience a childhood that is as close to normal as possible. Although this task may sound simple enough, parents must first understand that there is a wide variety of pediatric wheelchairs to choose from and many factors must be considered in order to be choose the pediatric wheelchair best suited for their child.

    Caring for disabled children involves carrying the child in order to transfer the child from one seat to another. This may cause back problems to both the parents and the children. To address this issue, a pediatric wheelchair that is not heavy and has detachable parts may be used. Before considering the purchase of a pediatric wheelchair, the child's lifestyle and social environment must be taken into consideration.

    If parents have a specific wheelchair in mind, they should consider not only what the doctors have specified but also whether it would allow the child to be fully mobile in all day to day situations, such as school or at home.

    Considerations When Buying The Wheelchair

    Another issue to consider is that children quickly grow which means that they outgrow their wheelchairs. While some parents would opt for a one-size-fits-all wheelchair, some choose a pediatric wheelchair that is expandable which means that it can cater for your child as he / she grows. This is carried out by making alterations to the cross balance or even the front frame. Using this form of adjustable wheelchair, one wheelchair can last the child an average of 10 to 12 years.

    Another important factor to consider is comfort. Of course, any parent would want their child to be comfortable in their wheelchair as they will be using it for long periods of time. A preferred choice is a wheelchair with a cushion that is no thicker that the width of three fingers. This way, it would be thick enough to allow for comfort yet thin enough to provide the needed leg support.

    Leg support is very important and therefore, another factor to consider is having a footrest that would be at a level allowing the child's whole thigh to be supported by the seat. Should the footrest be too high, the child may feel awkward sitting for too long.

    There are obviously a number of things to consider when purchasing a pediatric wheelchair that would be perfect for your child. It is not enough to choose the most costly one as this does not guarantee that it will be a worthwhile investment. Parents need to take time to go through every factor before actually choosing the wheelchair. After all, parents want what is best for their children and choosing the wheelchair best suited for the child is of prime importance.

  • Wheelchair Shopping - Considerations

    Generally the first wheelchair any wheelchair bound individual acquires is from one of the following:

    • Persons known to them and who own used wheelchairs
    • Wheelchair rental companies that contract with the users insurance providers
    • Medical supply stores that fulfill wheelchair prescriptions from the users doctor
    • Wheelchair clinics with advice from expert occupational therapists, physical therapists or mobility consultants.

    As individuals requiring mobility devices have differing medical conditions, it is a wise move for wheelchair users to consult their physicians and occupational or physical therapists before choosing their wheelchair.

    Selecting a wheelchair that fits the users requirements need not be difficult. The following is a list of factors and considerations when buying a wheelchair.

    All wheelchair purchases should primarily take into consideration the user's physical state. Basically consider the following:

    • Gender
    • Body type
    • Specific physiological conditions (level of endurance, physical limitations etc.).

    Other factors to consider when purchasing wheelchairs and accessories are:

    • Place of use - indoor or outdoor
    • Users daily activities - shopping, visiting friends or relatives, etc.
    • Users mode of transportation - car, van, public transport
    • Length of time the user will spend in the wheelchair
    • Need of a wheelchair lift or ramp at home
    • Availability of a person to assist the user with his/her wheelchair
    • Where the wheelchair will be used - gravel, pavement, carpet, sand, etc.

    Individual features need to be considered:

    • Wheelchair Speed - if desired, an electric wheelchair rather than a manual wheelchair
    • Wheelchair Colour - the users personal choice
    • Joystick mounting - right or left-hand, fixed or swing-away
    • Wheelchair Batteries - gel or wet
    • Wheelchair Tyres - to match the conditions where the wheelchair will be used
    • Wheelchair Armrests - height adjustable, removable, etc.
    • Wheelchair Leg rests - swing away, elevating etc.
    • Wheelchair Seat - elevating, tilt, or recline
    • Wheelchair Seat cushion - gel, air or foam
    • Wheelchair Accessories - drink caddies, bags, trays, etc.

    A major factor that also has to be reviewed is wheelchair servicing and spare parts. If you have a problem with your wheelchair, you can get it fixed quickly and easily by purchasing from a recommended wheelchair dealer or wheelchair manufacturer.

    Generally a brand name wheelchair will have client support and the wheelchair itself will always have a manufacturers guarantee.

    When buying a wheelchair it is important to take all aspects into consideration as they are not cheap and the user has to spend a lot of time in it.

  • Wheelchair Guides and Mobility Information

    • Choosing the Right Paediatric Wheelchair
      There is a wide variety of paediatric wheelchairs available on the market today. Each wheelchair is made to suit the requirements of its individual user. Choosing the perfect wheelchair, especially for a child, may be difficult as there are many fac…

    • The Basics of Electric Wheelchairs
      A mobile device which will facilitate a disabled or sick individual to move about is identified as a wheelchair. This mechanism resembles a chair which is mounted upon an array of wheels and is propelled either by way of electricity or manually…

    • Choosing A Wheelchair Carrier
      The selection of a wheelchair carrier to fit on your automobile can be a straightforward decision once you determine what you require and the model and style which would be most advantageous to you…

    • Maintaining Wheelchairs
      Because physically disabled individuals are heavily dependent on their wheelchairs, it is necessary to know how to properly maintain the wheelchair. A wheelchair is an expensive piece of equipment…

    • Parts of the Wheelchair
      Here we take a look at some of the major parts of any standard wheelchair and customised wheelchairs. Each section will inform you how to make sure you have the right part on your wheelchair and why it is important to have it…

    • Interacting With Wheelchair Users
      You would think that by now people in the streets know how to interact with a wheelchair user. And yet everywhere, for some inexplicable reason, the presence of a wheelchair makes non wheelchair users uncomfortable…

    • Types of Wheelchair Seat Cushions
      Depending on the type of wheelchair seat cushion they can cost anything between £20 to £200. When choosing your seating requirements there are three main types of wheelchair cushions to consider…

    • Purchasing Wheelchair Lift Ramps
      Wheelchair lift ramps can make the life of a wheelchair user a lot easier. The majority of wheelchair lift ramps are made of some form of durable material and can aid anyone using any kind of manual wheelchair or electric wheelchair…

    • Exercising in Your Wheelchair
      To prevent muscle atrophy it is important for a wheelchair user to get the body moving. There are special exercises a wheelchair user can carry out from their wheelchair…

    • Wall Guards for Wheelchair Users
      The homes of physically disabled individuals have to accommodate for the wheelchair user. Each area should be accessible for the wheelchair user and the wheelchair should be able to be used around the home without any problems…

  • Accessories for Wheelchairs

    Wheelchair accessories are not only functional they also allow physically disabled individuals to express themselves through their wheelchairs.

    There is a huge array of wheelchair accessories available on the market today. Some of the most popular are:

    1. Bags and other Storage Accessories:
      These are strapped onto the mobility device to allow its users to carry more personal items while also keeping organized. Most bags are made of waterproof plastic to keep items from getting when. Each also has their own means to cover the items including zippers, flaps, or Velcro.

      • Backpacks:
        Strapped onto the back of the wheelchair.

      • Saddle Bags:
        Strapped onto the wheelchair armrests.

      • Under Seat Bags:
        The bag is strapped underneath the wheelchair - also know as a seat box due to its form.

      • Packs and Pouches:
        Strapped anywhere on the wheelchair the user pleases (often used for smaller personal items).

    2. Beverage Holders:
      These allow users to keep themselves hydrated while operating their mobility devices. They minimize spillage and allow users to move freely without having to worry about holding their own drinks.

      • Cup Holders:
        Often attached to the wheelchairs arm rest for easy access.

      • Hands-free Drinking Aids:
        Especially popular among wheelchair athletes. These feature special straws from which users can sip anytime.

    3. Weather Protection:
      These keep the user from overexposure to intense sunlight and harsh weather.

      • Umbrellas and Canopies:
        Installed right above the head of the user for protection against sun and rain.

      • Weather Chaps:
        Keeps users from getting wet by harsh rainfall or helps them keep warm during cold weather.

    4. Covering:
      Protects all parts of mobility devices and keeps them free from dirt or keeps them from getting wet.

      • General Covering:
        Covers the whole wheelchair when kept in storage.

      • Armrest and Cushion Covering:
        Covers armrests and seats much like vehicle seat covers.

      • Spoke Guards:
        Keeps rims from being damaged as well as protecting the users hands/fingers from being trapped between spokes while mobile.

    5. Other Wheelchair Accessories:

      • Clothing Guards:
        Keeps the wheelchair users clothes from getting caught between the wheels. The guards also protect against mud/dirt from the wheelchair tyres.

      • Wheelchair Trays:
        There are 3 main types of trays that can be attached to the wheelchair - fixed, slide and flip. Each type provides the user with a sturdy base for eating and writing.

      • Walking Stick Holder :
        Tubing that carries the users walking stick or cane while not in use.

    The accessories listed above come in different styles and designs so it is easy enough for a wheelchair user to keep their individuality while using them. There are many more wheelchair accessories in the market today and wheelchair users are sure to find what they need to modify their wheelchair to their specific needs.

  • Evaluating the Benefits of Manual Wheelchairs

    People have often argued about the benefits of electric wheelchairs against manual wheelchairs. In truth, the mere fact that a wheelchair user has the choice between the two types of wheelchairs is something to be thankful for. Because of the wide range of wheelchairs available today, wheelchair users tend to have more difficulty in choosing a wheelchair that is best suited for their individual needs. Many use the internet for information before making decisions especially when it comes to choosing between an electric wheelchair or a manual wheelchair.

    Because many tend to think that more modern technology is always better, the benefits of manual wheelchairs are often overlooked when electric wheelchairs come into play. More often than not, lightweight wheelchairs come in manual form. This is among the most important reason why manual wheelchairs are still often favoured by wheelchair users especially when the user will be someone who cannot exert much physical strength. Manual wheelchairs are also easier to maneuver. Because of this, they can be used just about anywhere. No matter what the terrain is like in the users' desired destination, manual wheelchairs can be used.

    However, using manual wheelchairs also has its own disadvantages. For one, it can cause a lot of physical strain to its user. Although the upper body exercise may be good for the user, it may also cause some injuries in the long run. Apart from this, manual wheelchairs often require regular maintenance for tires so as to keep the wheelchair and the user's body balanced.

    When it comes to choosing between manual wheelchairs or electric wheelchairs, many factors have to be considered. Buyers should not be blinded by the technology that electric wheelchairs offer. Although they may have a great deal of advantages, manual wheelchairs are considered more economical and more efficient especially considering the bulky form electric wheelchairs come in. Furthermore, several insurance companies opt not to cover electric wheelchairs making the task of choosing even simpler.

    The choice of a wheelchair should be dependent on the lifestyle and preferences of its user. No matter which wheelchair the user prefers, the fact that they can choose is a good thing. Wheelchairs today have significantly improved from three wheeled chairs of several years ago and a wide array of options are now available. Although this may lengthen the decision process, having a choice also means having the ability to choose the wheelchair that suits your needs.

  • Tools For The Wheelchair User

    The lives of people restricted to wheelchairs can be very complicated. Just picking up an object from the floor or ground while seated in a wheelchair can be quite a feat. But just like everyone else, the wheelchair restricted user wants to lead a normal life. No matter how independent minded a wheelchair user may be, they often find a little help in daily activities necessary. Simple daily chores like preparing a meal, cleaning the house or even bathing can become an ordeal when one has to perform them whilst restricted to a wheelchair.

    To the credit of thoughtful engineers and specialists, today's wheelchair users have access to a wide selection of items to help with daily tasks. Nowadays, with the right tools, a wheelchair user can go about his/her daily life with little, if any, help from others.

    Anyone seeking information on how to ease the predicament of a wheelchair user should start by looking and researching the internet. The internet is a repository of great tools for finding out what is appropriate for different wheelchair restricted individuals and their respective lifestyles. The wheelchair user can take solace in the fact that the internet offers a wealth of information on making life simpler. Among the websites that cover just about everything under the sun regarding this segment of society is UK Wheelchairs.

    When attending to their daily toilet, taking a shower is probably the most difficult routine the physically challenged have to perform. Mercifully, UK Wheelchairs provides links to sites offering practical advice and such accessories as shower chairs.

    This site also offers links that the physically challenged, their families and friends may find useful in their quest for an uncomplicated wheelchair user life. For instance, if personal grooming is tricky, the UK Wheelchairs site has on offer a variety of products that make this otherwise simple routine proceed more smoothly when undertaken from a wheelchair.

    If you are looking for a comprehensive website for the wheelchair user, then perhaps UK Wheelchairs is the site for you. Daily activities that challenge the wheelchair user are taken up in this site. With UK Wheelchairs, becoming a self-sufficient wheelchair user has never been so easy.

  • Types of Electric Wheelchairs

    The development of the electric wheelchair is perhaps the biggest help to people whom walking is difficult or impossible. Wheelchairs help people with mobility disabilities to regain some of their independence and freedom. The two main types of wheelchairs currently available on the market are elctric wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs.

    To propel manual wheelchairs, the user must turn or push the steel tube hand rims on the outside of the wheels or with the help of a care person or friend they can be pushed. The wheels of electric wheelchairs, on the other hand, are propelled by motors.

    Electric wheelchairs are much heavier not only because of the added weight of the motor and battery but also because the frames have to be sturdier and more stable so as to support additional working parts.

    The complexity of electric wheelchairs differ widely - from wheelchairs equipped with standard batteries and joy-stick controllers to wheelchairs that have microprocessor controlled robotic circuitry allowing the chair to balance and move on only two of its four wheels.

    Prices of electric wheelchairs can vary dramatically depending on user requirements and the standard of wheelchair that is needed. The more complex the electric wheelchair, the more costly it gets. Standard electric wheelchairs may cost around £700 and the most complex as much as £15,000. Most users find the average cost of £900 for a reliable electric wheelchair practicable.

    Electric Wheelchair Propulsion:

    • Rear-wheel drive
      is the most common propulsion style for electric wheelchairs. The wheelchair travels fast but maneuverability may be a bit limited.

    • Mid-wheel drive
      provides outstanding maneuverability but the wheelchair can be unstable during starts and stops.

    • Front-wheel drive
      compared to rear-wheel drive, makes for a slower wheelchair with good maneuverability.

    When purchasing an electric wheelchair, consider trustworthy brands available from licensed dealers. This gives the assurance of full coverage in case the unit requires servicing. Users are cautioned against purchasing used electric wheelchairs as they may bear critical damage such as broken frames, depleted motors and/or defective batteries.

    When choosing among the various types of electric wheelchairs, take ample time shopping around and comparing wheelchairs. Ask dealers for product information in order to get more of the pertinent details needed to make an informed purchase decision.

  • Understanding Wheelchair Lifts

    Whether you or someone close to you uses a wheelchair, you should have been confronted with the difficulties for a wheelchair user when getting up stairs or other elevated areas. This task has become simpler due to the combined efforts of scientists and mechanics who have developed wheelchair lifts.

    The Wheelchair lifts technology is relatively new and has made it easier not only for wheelchair users but those aiding them as well. Before the development of wheelchair lifts, it was close to impossible for disabled individuals to be fully mobile. Today, wheelchair users are able to go almost anywhere they please.

    Wheelchair lifts aid disabled individuals significantly, with the use of a wheelchair lift the physical strain is no-longer a problem. In order to climb up a staircase, wheelchair users had to get out of the wheelchair and either climb the stairs alone or be aided by others. With a wheelchair lift the user can stay in the wheelchair while they are transported from the bottom of the staircase to the top.

    There are two main types of wheelchair lifts available on the market today.

    • Hydraulic Wheelchair Lifts:
      The hydraulic lift is the most preferred lift as it encounters fewer problems with power fluctuations and outages. However hydraulic lifts can be very pricey.

    • Electric wheelchair lift:
      Unlike hydraulic lifts, these are known to be more affordable. However, they rely heavily on electricity and would not be able to work without it. Some models compensate for electric shortage with a back-up source of energy in form of batteries or power packs.

    Many companies manufacture different kinds of wheelchair lifts. Depending on the make and model, these wheelchair lifts range in price from hundreds to even tens of thousands. Looking at the benefits of wheelchair lifts, investing in one that best suits the needs of the user will surely be a worthwhile investment.

    Although wheelchair lifts were created for use in disabled individuals homes, they are now commonly found in public areas including hospitals. Some countries have made it law for public buildings to feature wheelchair lifts for the benefit of those with physical disabilities. Having wheelchair ramps and wheelchair lifts has made a life that used to be very difficult for wheelchair users significantly easier.

  • Have Them Both: Mobility and Comfort

    For many reasons, people are often in need of a wheelchair in order to achieve mobility, and it can happen at any stage in your life. Thankfully, wheelchairs were specifically designed to provide freedom that mobility, enabling you to still have a full, active life, regardless of any injury or disease you may face.

    The wheelchair as a mobility device can be very uncomfortable, and so that is a particular aspect to look at. It doesn't matter if you want to buy your first wheelchair, replace a wheelchair, or even keep the wheelchair you own, comfort will always be an issue. So, make sure that when you are looking for your new wheelchair, you consider a few factors that will help you find the best wheelchair that suits your requirements.

    First, take a look at how you feel when you actually sit in your wheelchair. By simply purchasing a quality wheelchair seat cushion for your wheelchair you can be assured that you will be confortable when sitting in your wheelchair. Different wheelchair cushions serve different purposes, as some add back support and more comfort than others. Seat cushions vary in color, style, width, depth and you can have custom-made designs for your particular wheelchair and needs.

    If the pain or discomfort you're experiencing is in your neck, then it's most likely because your neck isn't getting the right amount of support it needs. Purchasing a headrest can solve this, and there are several different types out there. If your neck needs to move as little as possible, you can find one that is used specifically for stabilising, or if you just want a place to rest your neck when you're using your wheelchair, you can find that too. The best part is that these particular wheelchair accessories are easy to install, as well as not being expensive. If you're concerned about your head leaning as well, when you don't really want it to, you can also think about buying lateral supports for your wheelchair, which will prevent this from happening.

    Maybe your concern or difficulties are with leg positioning in a wheelchair, you can consider wheelchair leg rests. Wheelchair leg rests can be either fixed or free-moving, the free-moving leg rests are designed so that they can be moved out of the wheelchair user's way when they're unnecessary, whereas fixed leg rests can not be moved and stay attached to the wheelchair.

    Generally speaking a wheelchair does not have to be thought as a restrictive device. Wheelchair accessories can be purchased to create a wheelchair that provides both mobility and confort at the same time.

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