Wheelchairs - Enhancing The Lives Of The Disabled

Wheelchairs are an essential part of the lives of many people with restricted mobility, and they allow these people to get out and about and function in society in a way which would just not be possible otherwise. The development of technology and the use of electric power now mean that mobility issues can be handled far more easily than at any time in the past, and that people can make long and extensive journeys without excessive tiredness. Society has aided this progression by building wheelchair friendly features into buildings and public transport vehicles.

The history of the wheelchair is an extremely long one, as it has always been possible to create a type of cart into which a disabled body can be carried, and wheels have always been used to move these carts ever since they were first developed before recorded history. The nature of the cart or chair has obviously changed greatly, and seat design has been revolutionized It is now possible to sit for long periods of time in mobility chairs without feeling any degree of discomfort. The latest developments are taking this to a whole new level again, as there are now chairs which are resistant to microbes.

Chairs which rest on wheels or pulleys can be put to many uses, although it is obviously the help they can give to the disabled which is the most significant. They can make the carrying of heavy items much easier, and also reduce the risk of damage. They can also be used by people who are not disabled to save excessive wear and tear or energy depletion. In concept at least, there is not much difference between the powered transports used on golf courses and the chairs which are used for the disabled. Many senior golfers are able to play a much better game because their energy is preserved for the actual striking of the golf ball.

Handicap Wheelchair

The use of wheelchairs for the disabled is virtually a necessity, and has been for a long time. In most cases, the patient either has to move the chair by the use of their hands on the wheel, or by having someone else do the pushing. This is certainly better than being unable to move, but a new dimension is offered by the introduction of electrically powered chairs. These give the user a greatly increased range of movement, they remove the need for potentially painful hand friction on the wheels, and the remove the need for another person to give up their time to push the chair.

The chairs themselves are only part of the story when it comes to be able to gain mobility. The buildings in which people live and work also need to be adapted to take the chairs and to be compatible with them. There has been much progress made in this regard in recent years, with special wide doors and ramps being provided to allow easy disabled access to many buildings. Theaters now typically have an area in which wheelchair bound users can sit and watch the performance, and even transport facilities are being improved.

Design factors also add to the ease with which disabled people can move. Not only is it now possible to power chairs with electric motors, it is also possible to fold them so that they can be transported to other places. This gives disabled people the chance to go on coach trips and even to travel by air, knowing that they can freely move about once they have arrived at their destination. Chairs can also be folded and placed in the back of a private motor vehicle so that families can travel together.

The price of chairs has been coming down consistently as technology improves, although they still represent a significant expense for people who receive no assistance. Electrically powered chairs are inevitably more expensive, but at typically double the price of their mechanical equivalents they represent exceptional value for money. The supply of chairs is now a highly competitive market, so make sure you are getting the best deal before you buy. If you are finding the prices excessive, there is always the possibility of buying a used chair from someone who is upgrading to a new model.

The market in wheelchairs is now firmly established, and used models are even available on the Internet auction sites, both from private sellers and commercial dealers. There is obviously some risk involved in buying remotely, as you will never be able to see or test the goods before you part with your money. The best retailers will be prepared to offer you extensive guarantees, and you can further protect yourself by using a credit card, or by using online payment processors with protection clauses. There are many long established providers of both new and used wheelchairs.

 

 

 

Disability Wheelchair News:

 

This RSS feed URL is deprecated
This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news..


Letters on law enforcement, handicapped parking, Go Red for Women - Longview News-Journal

Letters on law enforcement, handicapped parking, Go Red for Women
Longview News-Journal
The next time you are near a sheriff's deputy or police officer and it won't interfere with what they are doing, ask, "Sir, officer, deputy, what can I do to help reduce crime in the Longview area?" At least they will know you care. Skip Jenkins .

..


Help is needed to enhance Sugar Grove playground to benefit all students - Southwest Virginia Today

Southwest Virginia Today

Help is needed to enhance Sugar Grove playground to benefit all students
Southwest Virginia Today
He was the first student in a wheelchair to attend the school since the 1990s. Cameron was the 2014 Ambassador Child for the Smyth County March of Dimes March for Babies. In the fall of 2016 he started preschool at Sugar Grove Elementary School but the .

..


OSU professor expresses concern about students illegally parking in handicap spaces - Daily O'Collegian

Daily O'Collegian

OSU professor expresses concern about students illegally parking in handicap spaces
Daily O'Collegian
Most violations of parking in a handicap spot are subject to a ticket but will also be towed away from campus, OSU Parking Manager Jan Hernandez said. Those with a fake handicap permit will have their car booted and the fake permit will be confiscated .

..


Sidewalk project to make East Hamilton Middle/High's fields handicap accessible - Chattanooga Times Free Press

Chattanooga Times Free Press

Sidewalk project to make East Hamilton Middle/High's fields handicap accessible
Chattanooga Times Free Press
Hurricanes fans who use a wheelchair will no longer have to worry about field access this baseball season. By the time East Hamilton Middle/High School's varsity baseball team plays its first home game next month, the campus will have improved sidewalk .

..


Gas station, hotel are latest local targets of frequent ADA litigant - The Daily Post

The Daily Post

Gas station, hotel are latest local targets of frequent ADA litigant
The Daily Post
These lawsuits come less than a month after Johnson brought an ADA suit against Hotel Avante, at 860 E. El Camino Real in Mountain View, alleging that the hotel doesn't have adequate handicapped parking spaces. Johnson made similar claims EUR” that the .

..


 

share