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.

 

 

 

Disability Wheelchair News:

 

Give Wheelchair Vans Some Space, Damnit - The Drive

The Drive

Give Wheelchair Vans Some Space, Damnit
The Drive
In a past life career, I used to inspect subcontractors' wheelchair vans for a local transit authority to ensure compliance with state rules and regulations. Though I'm fortunate to have never been confined to a wheelchair myself, I learned a great .

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How a young woman forced to used a wheel chair, treated for . - ABC News

How a young woman forced to used a wheel chair, treated for .
ABC News
Gypsy Rose Blanchard grew up not knowing much about the world outside of doctors' offices, hospital rooms and the pink house in Missouri where she lived with her mom, Clauddinnea EURœDee DeeEUR Blanchard. By the time she was 8 years old, Gypsy Blanchard was .

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Thieves steal Milwaukee family's wheelchair-accessible van for their kids on Christmas - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Thieves steal Milwaukee family's wheelchair-accessible van for their kids on Christmas
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
A Milwaukee family's handicap-accessible van containing two wheelchairs was stolen on Christmas morning and found burned days later. Imelda Figueroa said her husband and father were loading the wheelchairs into the van, which was running, and had just .

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Woman's Facebook Post About Handicapped Parking Is Going Viral - Simplemost

Simplemost

Woman's Facebook Post About Handicapped Parking Is Going Viral
Simplemost
What people don't realize, is that those lines are for a ramp and/or for wheelchair users to transfer. Because of the way this person parked, I cannot get back into my car independently and it keeps me from wanting to branch out and drive on my own .

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'Paralyzed bride' has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces - News & Observer

News & Observer

'Paralyzed bride' has a message for drivers who make it tough to access parking spaces
News & Observer
Rachelle Friedman Chapman EUR known by many as EURœthe paralyzed brideEUR EUR is calling attention to the way people park in and around handicap-accessible spaces. Chapman, who lives in Knightdale, shared a recent experience in a Facebook post Wednesday showing .

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Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out - The San Luis Obispo Tribune

The San Luis Obispo Tribune

Think SLO is accessible to all? Spend a week in a wheelchair and find out
The San Luis Obispo Tribune
The new SLO Airport terminal opened without a functioning elevator. I made inquiries regarding access for mobility-limited travelers. The responses distilled to EURœit's not our faultEUR and EURœwe meet the standards.EUR Several ideas were presented that would .

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