Wheelchairs - Enhancing The Lives Of The Disabled

Wheelchairs are an essential part of the lives of many people with restricted mobility, and they allow these people to get out and about and function in society in a way which would just not be possible otherwise. The development of technology and the use of electric power now mean that mobility issues can be handled far more easily than at any time in the past, and that people can make long and extensive journeys without excessive tiredness. Society has aided this progression by building wheelchair friendly features into buildings and public transport vehicles.

The history of the wheelchair is an extremely long one, as it has always been possible to create a type of cart into which a disabled body can be carried, and wheels have always been used to move these carts ever since they were first developed before recorded history. The nature of the cart or chair has obviously changed greatly, and seat design has been revolutionized It is now possible to sit for long periods of time in mobility chairs without feeling any degree of discomfort. The latest developments are taking this to a whole new level again, as there are now chairs which are resistant to microbes.

Chairs which rest on wheels or pulleys can be put to many uses, although it is obviously the help they can give to the disabled which is the most significant. They can make the carrying of heavy items much easier, and also reduce the risk of damage. They can also be used by people who are not disabled to save excessive wear and tear or energy depletion. In concept at least, there is not much difference between the powered transports used on golf courses and the chairs which are used for the disabled. Many senior golfers are able to play a much better game because their energy is preserved for the actual striking of the golf ball.

Handicap Wheelchair

The use of wheelchairs for the disabled is virtually a necessity, and has been for a long time. In most cases, the patient either has to move the chair by the use of their hands on the wheel, or by having someone else do the pushing. This is certainly better than being unable to move, but a new dimension is offered by the introduction of electrically powered chairs. These give the user a greatly increased range of movement, they remove the need for potentially painful hand friction on the wheels, and the remove the need for another person to give up their time to push the chair.

The chairs themselves are only part of the story when it comes to be able to gain mobility. The buildings in which people live and work also need to be adapted to take the chairs and to be compatible with them. There has been much progress made in this regard in recent years, with special wide doors and ramps being provided to allow easy disabled access to many buildings. Theaters now typically have an area in which wheelchair bound users can sit and watch the performance, and even transport facilities are being improved.

Design factors also add to the ease with which disabled people can move. Not only is it now possible to power chairs with electric motors, it is also possible to fold them so that they can be transported to other places. This gives disabled people the chance to go on coach trips and even to travel by air, knowing that they can freely move about once they have arrived at their destination. Chairs can also be folded and placed in the back of a private motor vehicle so that families can travel together.

The price of chairs has been coming down consistently as technology improves, although they still represent a significant expense for people who receive no assistance. Electrically powered chairs are inevitably more expensive, but at typically double the price of their mechanical equivalents they represent exceptional value for money. The supply of chairs is now a highly competitive market, so make sure you are getting the best deal before you buy. If you are finding the prices excessive, there is always the possibility of buying a used chair from someone who is upgrading to a new model.

The market in wheelchairs is now firmly established, and used models are even available on the Internet auction sites, both from private sellers and commercial dealers. There is obviously some risk involved in buying remotely, as you will never be able to see or test the goods before you part with your money. The best retailers will be prepared to offer you extensive guarantees, and you can further protect yourself by using a credit card, or by using online payment processors with protection clauses. There are many long established providers of both new and used wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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Seniors, Girl Scouts raise funds for handicap ramp - News 12 Westchester

News 12 Westchester

Seniors, Girl Scouts raise funds for handicap ramp
News 12 Westchester
Seniors who live at the Sarah Neuman Center teamed up with the Girl Scouts to raise funds for the construction of a handicap ramp so a Scout in a wheelchair can join her troop at their meeting house. Olivia Vander Woude was asked to join Girl Scout .

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Kanye West Scoring 106 Points Against Wheelchair Basketball Team In Charity Game Is False - Business 2 Community

Business 2 Community

Kanye West Scoring 106 Points Against Wheelchair Basketball Team In Charity Game Is False
Business 2 Community
A charity basketball game didn't go exactly as planned yesterday when Kanye West scored 106 points against a team of handicapped children in wheelchairs. The game was a PR move intended to smooth over the controversy that erupted this week between .

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Thief uses wheelchair to steal from store - WCNC

WCNC

Thief uses wheelchair to steal from store
WCNC
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Most successful criminals are notorious for being "quick on their feet," but the thieves who hit the DSW Shoe Warehouse on South Boulevard showed a different hand -- by pretending to be handicapped. According to a police report .

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Wheelchair seating an issue at Riverbend; organizers to evaluate - WRCB-TV

WRCB-TV

Wheelchair seating an issue at Riverbend; organizers to evaluate
WRCB-TV
Jill Hindman has relied on a wheelchair most of her life. That hasn't stopped her from attending Riverbend in the past, but this year she said the handicap seating is making that a challenge. EURœThose blocks are about two inches off the ground. The issue .

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Handicapped Man Spews Racial Slurs At EURœFreakEUR Speaking In Spanish - Vibe

Vibe

Handicapped Man Spews Racial Slurs At EURœFreakEUR Speaking In Spanish
Vibe
It's a redundant expectation, now, that when these situations arise someone somewhere is saying, EURœIt's (enter year here), we have to do better.EUR Yet, we seem to be getting worse. On Thursday (May 18), Hector Torres was waiting at an airport in Reno .
Video: Man in wheelchair unleashes racist tirade on travelers in Nevada airportChron.com

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Maderan comments on wheelchair safety - The Madera Tribune

The Madera Tribune

Maderan comments on wheelchair safety
The Madera Tribune
A man with black hair (and black beard?) in an all black wheelchair, wearing all black clothing, crosses DIAGONALLY from the northeast corner to the southwest corner, then proceeds unscathed southbound on the sidewalk, apparently unaware of his .

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Miss Wheelchair NC USA visits Wilmington - WECT-TV6

Miss Wheelchair NC USA visits Wilmington
WECT-TV6
Miss Wheelchair NC USA 2017 visited Wilmington Thursday to speak at a medical conference. Madeline Delp was hit by a truck when she . In these videos, she will help to teach others how to live and thrive with their handicap. Since her accident, Delp .

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Girl Given Remodeled Room, Handicap-Accessible Van - U.S. News & World Report

Girl Given Remodeled Room, Handicap-Accessible Van
U.S. News & World Report
Giddens explained the initial hope was to convert Pittman's current van into a wheelchair-accessible one and fix the air-conditioning in Zyah's room. Instead, Ride to Give purchased a new van with lower mileage. On April 22, the family received the new .

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Wolfenstein 2's Opening Wheelchair Combat Mission Is Bold And Empowering - GameSpot

GameSpot

Wolfenstein 2's Opening Wheelchair Combat Mission Is Bold And Empowering
GameSpot
Despite the handicap, I felt as badass as ever and the off-the-walls vibe seeped through the U-boat's walls. I felt empowered by the fact that I could still hold down the fort while relegated to a wheelchair. In this regard, it's a bold move to kick .

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