Join A Power Chair Club...and Have Fun!
by RC Rougeux
Are you the proud new owner of a power chair? If you are, you may
be wondering "now what?" Power chairs are not just a way to get
around, they are an entire lifestyle.
New power chair owners will be surprised to find that there are
power chair and wheelchair clubs all over the place! Some get together
to play basketball or do some other recreation, others get together
to lobby the government for increased accessibility. Ask your power
chair dealer if they know of any clubs in the area. If they do,
that's great. If they don't know of any, you should consider starting
one. You can be sure that if you want to meet other power chair
users, there is someone out there feeling the same way.
You may be surprised to also learn that there are accessible vacations
and wheelchair vacations that allow people in power chairs and wheel
chairs to enjoy a fully accessible vacation experience! If it's
been a while since you've been on vacation, check it out online
and see what you find. On top of the social aspect of power chair
ownership, there is also the practical aspect. Part of the "now
what?" includes building a ramp into your home. If you have a minivan,
you might want to get a ramp or even a lift to life the wheelchair
into the van. There are also external lifts that attach to your
car's trailer hitch so you can drive your power chair onto the ramp
and lock it in place.
One consideration of your new power chair is the tires. Do you
have tires that are the most suitable for your lifestyle? Ask at
the store to find out if you do. Tell them how you spend most of
your time and where you live and they'll be able to help you out.
There's one kind of tire that is good for mainly indoor use and
there's another kind of tire that's good for mainly outdoor use
and there's a third kind of tire for a mixture of both. You will
also want to find out what the drive time is on your batteries.
By learning this in advance, you will be able to plan your outings
accordingly so that you'll never be caught away from home with a
dead battery and no way to return.
The longer you keep your power chair, the more you'll find that
you want to enjoy accessories for it... there are so many to choose
from, including cup holders, extra baskets, and desk trays. Your
power chair is a machine, which means it has mechanical parts. Keep
your power chair tuned up so it lasts a long time. Just like your
car, keep it clean and bring it in for regular servicing.
Power chairs are fantastic devices to help you get around and lead
a life that allows you to do whatever you want. Not only that, but
they let you do it in style!
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