How Lightweight Folding Wheelchairs Make Life Easier

Lightweight folding wheelchairs are one of the developments which have made the most difference to the lives of disabled people in recent years. The wheelchair has gone through many significant changes since the time it was first mass produced by industrial society, and these changes have been among the reforms which have helped to improve life dramatically for disabled people and those who have to care for them. The combination of new electric power batteries and increased mobility has opened up possibilities which previously did not exist.

The wheelchair has always been a major asset to the disabled, ever since the time when they were produced in isolation, in the days before any manufacturing could be mass produced. The early chairs were made to specifications as part of a special order from the user, and this obviously meant that they were beyond the price which many in society were able to pay. Mass production was able to bring the price of wheelchairs within the reach of many more who needed them, but it was not until the introduction of the subsidized medicine schemes which exist in most developed countries that wheelchair use became common.

The latest developments in wheelchair technology have been highly significant and beneficial ones, as we have seen the development of both folding chairs and effective batteries which last for many hours. The folding chair is a godsend to anyone who wants to move beyond their local area and be able to move about when they get to their destination, as the chair can be fitted into a private car or taken onto an airplane. This is in addition to the enhancements which have been made to trains and buses, allowing the wheelchair user to travel while still in the chair. It has never been easier for the disabled to travel.

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If you want to extend the mobility concept still further, you can consider the lightweight folding wheelchairs which are fitted with motors and electric batteries. These have come a long way since the early days, when the batteries would have been to heavy to use with lightweight frames. New, lithium ion batteries are light and easy to carry, and they offer the user far more distance for the same amount of charge. It is possible to stack batteries on top of the one in use so that the user has a near unlimited capacity, although this is a feature which is only available on the most recent models.

One of the greatest advantages of the new lightweight batteries is that they can be detached from the chair and stored alongside it, with scarcely any addition to the bulk and weight. It is therefore possible to travel virtually anywhere, and then to use the chair to get about the area you have traveled to. You will have a near unlimited range, especially if you take a spare battery. In most areas you can also travel by bus or train, as these have been adapted to take wheelchair passengers.

The use of lightweight folding wheelchairs can revolutionize the life of a disabled person, and there are many models to choose from. If you have not bought one before, it will be best to do your initial research in the Internet, where you can find the greatest variety of chairs and manufacturers, as well as independent reviews from people who have used the chairs. When you have an overview of the market, you can visit retail stores to try out chairs for yourself, or look to buy online. The Internet can be the cheapest place to buy, and there is a huge selection of lightweight folding wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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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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'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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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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Sebastian community comes together to build a unique playground for special children - TCPalm

Sebastian community comes together to build a unique playground for special children
TCPalm
The park now features a wheelchair swing, a handicapped swing, slides, and other playground equipment, all set in a soft, safe ground cover. EURœThere is absolutely no way this would have been possible without the help of everyone who was involved,EUR said .

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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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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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Donations needed for rehab work - The Robesonian

The Robesonian

Donations needed for rehab work
The Robesonian
Cummings has fallen twice trying to negotiate the hallway while using a crutch.. Cummings has purchased a home on Arlean Drive in Lumberton, Lewis said. Members of the nine-man strong Zion Hill Group have been to the home to determine what needs to be .

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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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