Wheelchairs Leading A Self-Reliant Lifestyle
A wheelchair is a device that provides mobility to people who are
unable to or have difficulty in walking due to illness, disability
or injury. Wheelchairs allow the users to move around relatively
easily and to lead an active and independent lifestyle.
Different types of wheelchairs are available in the market to meet
individual users' needs, such as the manual wheelchair, power wheelchair
and electric wheelchair. Manual wheelchairs are wheelchairs that
have to be propelled manually by hand, whereas electric wheelchairs
rely on motors for motion. Manual wheelchairs are cheaper than electric
wheelchairs because of their simpler functions. They can also be
easily folded and stored in smaller areas such as in the trunk of
The electric wheelchair, with its ease of use, allows the user
to depend less on others and to be more self-reliant. The electric
wheelchair has greater maneuverability and a better suspension system
that absorbs the bumps the wheels travel over. You can even test
drive an electric wheelchair before you decide to purchase one.
Since every user's physical disability varies, the user can choose
the electric wheelchair control system that is best suited to his
physical condition. The user can even customize the electric wheelchair
to fit his or her physical need.
Wheelchair users usually need their wheelchairs to be easily accessible,
comfortable, and versatile to use. The power wheelchair has literally
revolutionized the lives of millions of users. Power wheelchairs
offer the freedom to move from one location to another without having
to rely on others for help. Powerchairs are generally for those
with arm, hand or shoulder disability and have difficulty using
a manual wheelchair. The user can control the direction and speed
by operating a joystick, and also control many other functions such
as reclining and tilting, leg and seat elevation etc.
With the rapid advancement in technology today, wheelchairs are
no longer just used to get the users from one point to another;
today's wheelchairs now allows users the ability to participate
in different sports for the disabled such as downhill wheelchair
racing, wheelchair skiing, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis
etc. Each wheelchair sport has their own customized style of wheelchair
designed for speed and agility.
Wheelchairs are available in different sizes, shapes, colors etc.
depending on personal preference. To make things more convenient
for wheelchair-bound people, equipments such as wheelchair lifts,
wheelchair ramps and wheelchair vans etc are also available.
Regardless of which wheelchair and wheelchair accessories used,
precautions and safety measures must always be adhered to.
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