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

Wareham Week

Fundraiser aims to put wheelchair bound Wareham brothers in driver's seat
Wareham Week
As kids, CJ and Sidney Singletary wouldn't let muscular dystrophy slow them down. 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 .

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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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'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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