Manual Wheelchairs Can Still Get The Job Done

Manual wheelchairs have been the standard for centuries before the electrically powered models came on to the market, and despite the popularity of the latter they still have a significant role to play. Not every disabled person needs the range which electric power can give them, and many will not find the extra expense to be worth paying. Of course, there are many disabled people who simply will not be able to pay for a powered chair, and the easy availability of manual chairs means there is still a workable solution.

Manual wheel chairs go back a long way, right to the times before history was recorded. There has always been a need for disabled people to take advantage of any technology which could help them overcome some aspect of their disability, no matter how primitive that technology may be. When the industrial age brought the ability to mass produce metal parts, it was possible to produce chairs and chair parts in far greater quantities, reducing the prices dramatically from the levels they had been at before. Developments in electrically powered chair technology have continued to push the price of manual chairs down, especially in the used market.

The development of electrically powered chairs has been something of a double edged sword for those wanting to buy a manual chair. On the one hand, it is irritating for people who would like to have electric power but who can't afford it to see other people with the same disabilities being able to manage much better than they can. However, the fact that electrically powered chairs are proving so popular means that more manual chairs are coming on to the market in used but relatively new condition. This is pushing the price of used chairs down, and means that you can get a higher standard of chair for the same money.

Handicap Wheelchair

Even though manual wheelchairs are never going to give you the same degree of portability as an electrically powered chair, they can still give you enough mobility to get around. Modern manual chairs are lighter and easier to operate than the heavy chairs which were made before the introduction of light alloys. Even using manual power, it is possible to travel throughout a localized area with no discomfort. Many buses have now been adjusted to take wheelchairs by having a specified area of the bus dedicated to wheelchair users, and the entry to the bus is often at floor level.

Trains cannot have easy access floor level entry points as many buses do, but the train operators in many areas have access to a disability ramp which they can use to allow wheelchair users to get on and off a train with ease. This effectively brings the whole country and beyond within reach of the wheelchair user, and the fact that many of the light alloy chairs can be folded means that there are even more travel possibilities. You can fold a chair to take it in a car or on to an airplane, and have an even more expanded reach.

The market in manual wheelchairs is now long established and highly developed, whether you are looking for a new or used model. If you are looking to buy new, you will probably only need to pay around half the price of an equivalent powered chair. You can visit a local store and try out a chair before buying, which increases the likelihood of getting a good fit. If you want to buy a used model, you can still shop locally to try to save on shipping charges, or use the online auction sites which have extensive listings of manual 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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Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van - NBC 10 Philadelphia

NBC 10 Philadelphia

Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van
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Thief Steals Paralyzed Man's Wheelchair-Accessible Van. EURIt 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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'I'm sickened': Parents scrambling after word of Catholic school closings - Chicago Tribune

Chicago Tribune

'I'm sickened': Parents scrambling after word of Catholic school closings
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. which in turn led to increased school operating deficit," Maselli said. She said the archdiocese met with Incarnation's leadership again in September 2017 after learning enrollment had fallen to 142 students and established a Jan. 15 deadline for .

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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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