Why Custom Wheelchairs Are Sometimes Necessary

Custom wheelchairs can be made to order for anyone with an unusual disability, size or shape, or with other special needs such as a place to store insulin if they are diabetic. While there is enough variety in the mainstream wheelchair market for most people to find the shape, size and performance of wheelchairs they are looking for, there will always be some who will need an adjustment of some kind to really get the most from what they buy. Wheelchair manufacturers are aware of these special needs, and will be able to accommodate them without imposing punitive extra charges.

In a way, the market in custom designed chairs has seen the wheel turn full circle. In the very earliest days of wheelchairs, they were all made to order by craftsmen who were given specific instruction, as there was no possibility of mass production. Each chair was suited to the person who was going to be using it, but the difficulty was that many of the people in society were unable to afford to take advantage of this. It was only when the mass production of wheelchairs became possible that people in the mainstream of society were able to find access to the products they needed.

One factor which you will need to decide on very quickly is whether you want an electrically powered model or a manual one. The electric models will be around twice the price of the manual ones, but will give you far greater flexibility. If you have custom needs, you may not be able to operate the chair with your own arms, and may need to rely on other people to be able to go out and function in the real world. In this case, it is highly likely that a powered chair will be able to solve the problem, as long as a workable system can be found for operating the controls.

Handicap Wheelchair

Another area in which custom wheelchairs can be very helpful is in overall mobility. It is not enough for most people to be able to use the chair to get about their local area. Most disabled people want the option of being able to travel further, now that the rest of society is able to travel in private vehicles or on trains or buses. The technology to make this happen is now fully in place, but it cannot be used by everyone. The main difficulty would come if the disabled person had difficulty in removing their body from the chair so that it could be folded and stored.

It might be useful to have the chair built in such a way as to be normally flat and balanced, but to be built so that it can be tilted and made to open in a certain way. This could make it much easier for the disabled person to get out of the chair without the assistance of other people. This would give them a high degree of mobility, as they could even be able to put the chair into their own disabled specified vehicle and have complete control over their own movement.

Even though custom wheelchairs cannot be bought from a standard retail store by simply walking in and buying one, it is still possible to get hold of them from this source. Most wheelchair retailers will have an ongoing relationship with the manufacturers, and will be able to send them a message asking if they can provide a certain modification for one specific customer. If this is not possible in your area due to the lack of a suitable retailer, it is a good idea to contact the manufacturer directly. They are well aware of the need for custom wheelchairs.

 

 

 

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Ask SAM: Reporting misuse of handicap placard - Winston-Salem Journal

Winston-Salem Journal

Ask SAM: Reporting misuse of handicap placard
Winston-Salem Journal
Applications for handicap placards must be signed by an approved medical professional. According to state law, a placard can be issued to a person who meets one of the following criteria: Cannot walk 200 feet without stopping to rest. Cannot walk .

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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 .

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Benefit slated to help Suthers buy special van - The Marysville Advocate

The Marysville Advocate

Benefit slated to help Suthers buy special van
The Marysville Advocate
A handicap accessible van could have a floor that is capable of being lowered, a raised roof, a ramp at the front or back to lower a person to the ground and special tie-downs to secure a wheelchair inside, she said. EURśWe were hoping to have one before .

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Handicap-accessible swings coming to Fayetteville parks - The Fayetteville Observer

The Fayetteville Observer

Handicap-accessible swings coming to Fayetteville parks
The Fayetteville Observer
Gibson told the committee members that wheelchair accessible swings will be placed at the Massey Hill Recreation Center at 1612 Camden Road, the G.B. Myers Recreation Center at 1018 Rochester Drive and the Kiwanis Recreation Center at 352 Devers St .

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Same secret donor steps up to help family that lost wheelchair . - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Same secret donor steps up to help family that lost wheelchair .
The San Diego Union-Tribune
An anonymous donor has again stepped up to buy a wheelchair-accessible van for the Hauer family, which includes 18 special-needs adopted children and adults. A fire at their Rancho San Diego home a month ago destroyed their old van.

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Greentown boy who suffers multiple seizures a day needs handicap . - Fox 59

Fox 59

Greentown boy who suffers multiple seizures a day needs handicap .
Fox 59
GREENTOWN, Ind.-- A 6-year-old boy in Greentown is in need of a handicap accessible van to help transport him to school, doctor's appointments and physical therapy. Porter Starkey was born with seizures and has up to 50 on any given day.

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