What You Need to Know About Wheelchairs

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					What You Need to Know About Wheelchairs

by RC Rougeux

Wheelchairs are most commonly used by people who have restrictions on
their mobility. A wheelchair allows you to move around with greater
freedom than you may have once had without it. They provide mobility to
those who would otherwise be limited or completely unable to move their
legs... but that doesn't mean that they are only for those who are unable
to walk. Many people who use them are still able to walk but simply are
not as mobile without it.

For example, if you have severe arthritis in your legs, heart trouble, or
a weight concern, a wheelchair will allow you to move about with great
freedom and without fear that your health challenges will get in the way.

There are several options available for   you to enjoy. Thank goodness that
we no longer live in the day and age of   the wooden wheelchair of a
century ago with its giant front wheels   and tiny back wheels, those
looked cumbersome and unstable, even if   they were built with the best
intentions.

Today's wheelchairs are truly state of the art. They are lighter and
stronger than when they were originally constructed from wood: they are
made of such materials that they can withstand a great amount of wear and
tear but are not very heavy. They do not necessarily require someone to
push around the person seated in the chair...quite often the person
seated in the wheelchair can move themselves about very easily, by
rolling the larger wheels (now in the rear).

As well, these wheelchairs can come with adaptations to make them
electric powered...the user can simply attach a battery and they are able
to use a small joystick device to get around. The main benefit of these
wheelchairs is the freedom and mobility that the user enjoys. With
technological advances in the manufacturing of these devices, the user
can move around with a great deal of ease and comfort.

Unfortunately, there are drawbacks, too. The biggest drawback is not in
the wheelchair itself but rather in the design of buildings and city
streets. When they were designed and built, wheelchair accessibility was
not forefront in their minds. Today, many laws are in place to ensure
that retrofitting and remodeling take place to allow users the freedom to
get around. But the reality is that this retrofitting is not complete:
there is still a lot of work to be done. However, wheelchair users can
rest assured that changes are being made and wheelchairs are increasingly
being designed to help users make it through narrow doorways or over high
curbs with greater ease.

What else is available in the mobility industry? There are many devices
that can help you get around a little more easily. Electric stair
ascenders are a great device where the wheelchair user simply sits on the
platform and presses a button and the platform rises along a track
installed parallel to the staircase. Think of it like a cross between an
elevator (which is completely vertical) and an escalator) which is
diagonal and it doesn't restrict stairway use for those who do not use
wheelchairs!

Mr. Rougeaux has written numerous articles about various wheelchair
equipment, mobility scooters, adjustable beds, walkers, rollators, power
chairs and assistive living.

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