Why Portable Wheelchairs Take You Further

Portable wheelchairs are a highly significant development in the history of equipment which has given increased mobility to thousands of disabled people. The while idea behind using wheelchairs is to increase mobility and give the user more freedom, and this can be achieved in several ways. Buildings and facilities need to be made more disabled friendly, which is happening throughout society on an ongoing basis, and the chairs themselves need to evolve to a level where they are easy and comfortable to use.

During most of the time which wheelchairs have been commonly used in our society, they have been made of relatively heavy metals. This has meant that they have been difficult to push for long periods of time over long distances. Most of the time a wheelchair owner would push the chair themselves, or have a family member or friend push it for them. This inevitably restricted the distance over which the wheelchair owner dare travel. On top of this, the nature of the joints were such that folding or collapsing the chair was difficult or impossible. It was difficult to carry the chair in an automobile, or to take it on any trip beyond the local area of the user.

There have been so many advances in the way disabled people are able to integrate with the rest of society, some technological and some simply as a result of increased awareness. One of the greatest advances has been in the use of electric power, which now gives disabled people the chance to be mobile around their own area. It may have taken a long time for the batteries to become lighter and to carry enough charge for long use, but now that lithium ion technology is used this is firmly the reality. Because more power can be packed into smaller batteries, the chairs are so much easier to carry.

Handicap Wheelchair

The combination of light and highly effective batteries and a light alloy frame means that it is now possible for even the most highly advanced portable wheelchairs to be carried virtually anywhere. The frames can be folded, and then reassembled with ease, and the battery can be detached and then replaced. If extra capacity is needed, more batteries can be carried in pockets as they are so light, and they can be added to the stack to make it possible for the chair to cover a greater distance. The chair and batteries can easily be stored in baggage or in a motor vehicle.

Buying the right chair for your needs has never been easier. There is more choice than there has ever been before, and both the new and used markets are vibrant with plenty of activity. If you are looking for a chair which you can use on short journeys in your local area, but one which you can take with you on transports further afield, there are manual chairs which can be collapsed and carried with ease. The lightest chairs of all are manual, as there is no battery.

If you need more use from your portable wheelchairs, it is better to look at the electrically powered models which can now carry a lot of electrical charge. Unless you expect to be going on long excursions, you are probably unlikely to need the absolute best state of the art capacity. If you don't, you can look to save a lot of money by buying a used model. There will always be those who look to replace their wheelchairs every time a new advancement comes out, so there is never a shortage in the used market of nearly new portable wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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Lawsuit prompts Janesville to improve handicap accessibility - Gazettextra

Gazettextra

Lawsuit prompts Janesville to improve handicap accessibility
Gazettextra
The Janesville City Council voted Oct. 27 to pay $16,500 to settle a lawsuit filed by Amy Bleile, a Whitewater resident with cerebral palsy who uses a wheelchair. The lawsuit filed in February in U.S. District Court in Madison alleged parking lots in .

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

Thieves steal wheels from family's wheelchair-accessible van | Fox .
Fox News
A Massachusetts family was stunned when they discovered all four tires had been stolen from their wheelchair accessible van, Boston 25 News reported.
'Heartless': Thieves steal Lawrence family's handicap van wheels .My Fox Boston

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CMU plans to improve handicap access on campus - The Criterion

The Criterion

CMU plans to improve handicap access on campus
The Criterion
This guardrail is meant to keep those who aren't wheelchair bound from pressing the button, but it has the opposite effect than that intended, because it can be difficult to reach the button from a wheelchair, and non-handicapped people push the button .

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Families in need of wheelchair-accessible vans seeking relief - WLWT Cincinnati

WLWT Cincinnati

Families in need of wheelchair-accessible vans seeking relief
WLWT Cincinnati
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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Elkhart woman builds handicap-accessible dream house - South Bend Tribune

South Bend Tribune

Elkhart woman builds handicap-accessible dream house
South Bend Tribune
In the past several years, she planned and dreamed a house that would make it easier for her and her walker, and perhaps someday her and her wheelchair. The goal was simple: EURśMaking a fully accessible house that I could live in the rest of my days if .

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Thieves steal wheels from family's handicap van for disabled son - New York Post

New York Post

Thieves steal wheels from family's handicap van for disabled son
New York Post
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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Army vet who uses wheelchair ranks Charlotte's level of accessibility - FOX 46 Charlotte

FOX 46 Charlotte

Army vet who uses wheelchair ranks Charlotte's level of accessibility
FOX 46 Charlotte
Right now, Congress is looking at changing a key part of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Some say the proposed bill would burden those who use a wheelchair and make it easier for businesses to put off wheelchair accessibility. FOX 46 asked Don to .

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