Why Custom Wheelchairs Are Sometimes Necessary

Custom wheelchairs can be made to order for anyone with an unusual disability, size or shape, or with other special needs such as a place to store insulin if they are diabetic. While there is enough variety in the mainstream wheelchair market for most people to find the shape, size and performance of wheelchairs they are looking for, there will always be some who will need an adjustment of some kind to really get the most from what they buy. Wheelchair manufacturers are aware of these special needs, and will be able to accommodate them without imposing punitive extra charges.

In a way, the market in custom designed chairs has seen the wheel turn full circle. In the very earliest days of wheelchairs, they were all made to order by craftsmen who were given specific instruction, as there was no possibility of mass production. Each chair was suited to the person who was going to be using it, but the difficulty was that many of the people in society were unable to afford to take advantage of this. It was only when the mass production of wheelchairs became possible that people in the mainstream of society were able to find access to the products they needed.

One factor which you will need to decide on very quickly is whether you want an electrically powered model or a manual one. The electric models will be around twice the price of the manual ones, but will give you far greater flexibility. If you have custom needs, you may not be able to operate the chair with your own arms, and may need to rely on other people to be able to go out and function in the real world. In this case, it is highly likely that a powered chair will be able to solve the problem, as long as a workable system can be found for operating the controls.

Handicap Wheelchair

Another area in which custom wheelchairs can be very helpful is in overall mobility. It is not enough for most people to be able to use the chair to get about their local area. Most disabled people want the option of being able to travel further, now that the rest of society is able to travel in private vehicles or on trains or buses. The technology to make this happen is now fully in place, but it cannot be used by everyone. The main difficulty would come if the disabled person had difficulty in removing their body from the chair so that it could be folded and stored.

It might be useful to have the chair built in such a way as to be normally flat and balanced, but to be built so that it can be tilted and made to open in a certain way. This could make it much easier for the disabled person to get out of the chair without the assistance of other people. This would give them a high degree of mobility, as they could even be able to put the chair into their own disabled specified vehicle and have complete control over their own movement.

Even though custom wheelchairs cannot be bought from a standard retail store by simply walking in and buying one, it is still possible to get hold of them from this source. Most wheelchair retailers will have an ongoing relationship with the manufacturers, and will be able to send them a message asking if they can provide a certain modification for one specific customer. If this is not possible in your area due to the lack of a suitable retailer, it is a good idea to contact the manufacturer directly. They are well aware of the need for custom wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van - NBC 10 Philadelphia

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van
NBC 10 Philadelphia
Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van. EURœIt meant a lot just for me to get out the house. Instead of my daughter just seeing me in here, in the bed or the chair, she could see me outside in the park.EUR By David Chang. Published at 12:07 .

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Fundraiser aims to put wheelchair bound Wareham brothers in driver's seat - Wareham Week

Fundraiser aims to put wheelchair bound Wareham brothers in driver's seat
Wareham Week
The brothers played sports EUR baseball, basketball and soccer EUR until the progressive, muscle-weakening disease confined them both to wheelchairs about six years ago. While the disease hasn't diminished their drive, CJ, 29, and Sidney, 27, are having a .

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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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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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Letter To The Editor: Wheelchair accessibility - Pawhuska Journal Capital

Letter To The Editor: Wheelchair accessibility
Pawhuska Journal Capital
Often it is blocked by someone who has a wheelchair Placard but is not in a wheelchair. The next problem is encountered after you enter their premises. In order to accommodate more tables or more racks the isles are almost non existent. You have to .

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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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City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible - Santa Monica Daily Press

City agrees to make The Pier more handicap accessible
Santa Monica Daily Press
A grandfather's desire to share a ride on the carousel with his grandson prompted the lawsuit behind a $108,000 settlement with the city and changes coming to The Pier. On Tuesday, the City Council voted to settle with resident Barry Atwood and make .

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