Wheelchair Accessories... No More Retired Cowboys
by RC Rougeux
There have been so many advancements in wheelchairs lately...they're
no longer those large, wooden contraptions that retired cowboys
would be pushed around in.
Today, wheelchairs are highly advanced marvels of technology. Users
can enjoy great comfort and mobility AND independence when they
find a wheelchair that fits their lifestyle and needs. And what's
more, there are many wheelchair accessories that you can choose
from to make your chair customized the way you want it:
For example, even though you are able to get around with the best
of them now, you are still sitting down and that can hard on your
back, legs, hips, and thighs. Medical cushions give you great comfort
and support while reducing the risk of what can be called "bedsores"
(which are sores caused by constant pressure). Your wheelchair may
be comfortable now but it will be even more comfortable with a cushion
to support you. These cushions are also helpful if you need just
a couple extra inches of height (for example, if you find that you
are banging your elbows when you want to roll your wheelchair).
Why should you consider this accessory over a cushion you find
in the house? These cushions are cut especially for the wheelchair
and they are often made of medically-certified foam while many household
cushions are filled with feathers, down, or other material. The
cushion from home will get lumpy and there could be a reduction
in how sanitary it is, while custom wheelchair cushions remain firm
and supportive and much more sanitary.
Another accessory to consider is a ramp. While ramps are sometimes
overlooked at accessories to wheelchairs (because you can't attach
them to your chair and they are often permanently attached to buildings),
you can still by non-permanent heavy duty ramps that allow you to
wheel your chair up a curb or into the back of a truck or van. There
are small ramps to get over small heights like door thresholds and
there are larger ramps to get up stairs or into vans. Many ramps
are built to be kept near the place you'll use them most but there
are some portable ramps (for example, briefcase sized ramps that
extend) allowing you to carry a ramp with you wherever you go.
A third accessory to consider is a wheelchair lift that you hook
your wheelchair to in order to move it into a vehicle. This is a
helpful device if you find your wheelchair to be too heavy to lift
or move around. The lift can be attached right inside your vehicle
and simply picks your wheelchair off the ground and hauls it inside.
(Of course, the lift is designed to move the wheelchair only...not
the user as well).
There are so many other accessories, including cup holders, fishing
rod holders, trays, and different types of foot rests, leg rests,
and bracing. You can really make your wheelchair your own...which
will help you find great enjoyment in getting around.
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