How Folding Wheelchairs Allow You To Go Further

Folding wheelchairs have given the disabled person a completely new opportunity to get outside and see the world, because these folded chairs can literally be taken anywhere. When you add this new opportunity to travel by air or in a private car to the improvements which have been made in disabled access to rail and bus travel, you can see that there is more opportunity to travel than their has ever been before. The introduction of light by strong alloy materials has made this extra portability possible.

It has always been possible to create a chair which could be folded, ever since metal was first used in the manufacture of wheelchairs. However, it was not possible for the folded chairs to be fully portable as the resulting structure was too bulky and heavy. Chairs could be carried on sea vessels, but there were still limits on the mobility of disabled travelers in virtually every situation. As greater percentages of the population began to acquire their own motor vehicles, it became more important than ever to find a way to contract wheelchairs so that they could be easily carried. The possibility only occurred when lighter metals greatly reduced the weight.

The introduction of electrically powered chairs was another huge step forward in portability. Although the early models were heavy and bulky, and certainly could not be folded for storage, they did point the way forward to where we are now. The batteries had an extremely limited capacity, but it was inevitable that this would change. Now, there are lithium ion batteries which provide far more power for a lot less weight. The best designs of battery even allow them to be stacked, to allow for a virtually unlimited amount of power to be on demand during a single journey.

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As electrical power technology has continued to develop, folding wheelchairs have also benefited from the use of lighter alloy metals. The joints have also been improved by better design, making it much easier to collapse the chair and then put it together again when it has been removed from storage or from the transportation vehicle. The combination of better batteries and lighter metal effectively mean that a wheelchair user can effectively travel anywhere without the need for their own physical exertion. Improvements in rail and bus travel, and in the way buildings are set up to receive disabled visitors all add to the extra mobility.

If you would like to experience the extra mobility of a folding chair, there are many ways to achieve this. You could simply buy one of the new models which feature this ability, preferably with electrical power to extend the range which can be covered. This would give you the ultimate in functionality and comfort, but you would have to pay a premium price for it. If you wanted to pay around half of this price, you could save money by not having electrical power. Now that batteries have become lighter, you will not really save on weight or bulk when carrying.

You can also buy used folding wheelchairs, either from a retail store or through the Internet. It is not uncommon for retailers to offer a trade in service, and this means that there will always be a display of used models from which to choose. Even some very recent models of electrically powered chairs can be found in these stores, as people upgrade to even more recent models. If you are looking for a manual chair at a cheap price, you will find many on the Internet auction sites, which typically offer the lowest price of all on folding wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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A Massachusetts family was stunned when they discovered all four tires had been stolen from their wheelchair-accessible van, Boston 25 News reported. Heecliff Delarosa said he was was devastated Sunday morning when he learned thieves had stolen the .

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Thieves steal wheels from family's wheelchair-accessible van | Fox . - Fox News

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A Massachusetts family was stunned when they discovered all four tires had been stolen from their wheelchair accessible van, Boston 25 News reported.
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Families in need of wheelchair-accessible vans seeking relief - WLWT Cincinnati

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Now, their family has trouble getting to the hospital for appointments after their handicap-accessible van broke a few years ago. "We've been lifting Evan into a car seat, a specialized car seat, so it's very hard to do. He can't bend very well, he's .

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'Mr. Helper' in need of help - Citrus County Chronicle

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'Mr. Helper' in need of help
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Now the Garcias are calling for any help to get their home handicap accessible. EURśWe know we are going to need a handicap bathroom. We will need more ramps, and I have to figure how to get a vehicle that can load his wheelchair,EURť Kim said. EURśWe are .

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