http://www.HealthDoc.info -- Health Articles and Documents Wheelchair Rental for Travel or Temporary Impairment Author: Published : 1 January, 1970, 08:00 Wheelchair rental services are invaluable for both travelers with disabilities or mobility impairments and for those who temporarily suffer low mobility due to injury. These services can be found locally or by internet and offer wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs or scooters, and other services. For those with temporary movement problems due to injury such as a broken bone, a wheelchair may not always seem necessary but sometimes it can help. Those who cannot get around with crutches will obviously need a wheelchair, but even those who use crutches may find them useful. If you're only trying to get around in your own home or workplace, you may not need one. But for people who have to travel mid-length distances on foot, such as students, a wheelchair can actually be faster and more convenient than walking on crutches, and less of a strain on your shoulders. If this is your case, your doctor can give you a wheelchair prescription, and your health insurance may cover all or part of the cost. Wheelchairs are available for rental with some hospitals, clinics, and pharmacies, and your yellow pages may have a section on wheelchairs. If you need public transportation services and wish to use a wheelchair for a temporary injury, find out beforehand if your normal bus or student shuttle route has wheelchair-accessible vehicles. If they do not, request that they send one for you. Generally, they are required by law to do so. If you are vacationing or travelling by plane, you may want to look into wheelchair or scooter rental services for travellers. These services do everything they can to make your trip as convenient as possible. Scooters and wheelchairs are available for day-rental at airports, and some rental services are willing to bring a wheelchair or scooter to the airport when you arrive if you make arrangements in advance. These services also often have wheelchair-accessible vehicle rental services. Wheelchair and scooter rental services are available in major cities, airports, and tourist destinations. People with limited mobility can rent scooters to make their visit to tourist attractions and theme parks more convenient and enjoyable. Scooters are also available on cruise ships. In addition to renting a scooter, some cruises will offer certain amenities for people with impaired mobility. You can ask for a room which has sufficient door-width and open space for your wheelchair or scooter to enter. These rooms should also have other necessities such as reachable light switches and a bathroom with appropriate facilities including handrails and wheel-in showers. GENERATED : 18 December, 2008, 12:04 Page 1 of 2 http://www.HealthDoc.info -- Health Articles and Documents If other areas throughout the ship have limited access or doorlips, assistance must be provided on the cruise. Make sure that assistance will be available in advance, or go on a different cruise. Also, check in advance whether you'll be able to get through any guided tours at ports of call on your wheelchair or scooter. Ask whether these will be in limited-access areas or areas with steep hills, and whether assistance will be available. Whether you are temporarily injured or need a wheelchair rental because you'll be far from home, there are services available to accommodate your mobility needs as conveniently as possible. GENERATED : 18 December, 2008, 12:04 Page 2 of 2
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