Wheel Chairs

| Wednesday, November 9, 2011
By Bella Angelina Tinto

Wheelchairs are defined like chairs wit wheels, and they are used as a replacement for walking. There are various designs and types of wheelchairs, where some are manual, which means the occupant turns the wheels by hands, but there are also those motorized ones, where engines are used to move them. All types of wheelchairs have their pros and cons, but there are no unique models, suitable for everybody. This is why people should always ask for help and advice before buying or renting a wheelchair.

A wheelchair is a mobility device that enables a sick or a disabled person to move. It's basically a chair mounted on wheels, which can be propelled either manually or electrically. Wheelchairs propelled electronically are known as electric wheelchairs. Electric wheelchairs are powered by motors. They can be used indoors and outdoors and cost at least $1,500. Depending on the kind and extent of use, there are several kinds of wheelchairs available on the market. Some features to consider when buying a wheelchair are the weight and size of the person using it, convenience of both indoor and outdoor use, the chair's weight capacity, power source, warranty and cost.

Until recently the basic manual wheelchair was the most common, both due to its popularity and partly due to the affordable price. It consists of the seat, foot rests, two small wheels in the front and two large wheels in the backs which the person turns with his or her hands. There are also handles so the occupant of the wheelchair can be pushed in case they are unable to turn the wheels. It is always advisable to purchase or rent a wheelchair according to one's needs, and not according to price.

There are various types of immobility, and not everyone is permanently disabled. This means there are people who don't have to purchase wheelchairs, because they won't be using them forever. For such cases there are many web sites and medical equipment shops where you can rent a wheelchair or some other type of medical equipment. However, not all the shops are equally professional, and it is advisable to call a few of tem and ask around for references and recommendations, because having a wheelchair you cannot use, is like having nothing at all.

People who never used wheelchairs naturally don't know much about them, except that people who have mobility issues use them. One of the things many don't know about wheelchairs is that there are accessories for them. The accessories aren't mandatory, but will certainly make moving around easier for you. For example, there are wheelchair gloves, which will protect the skin on your hand while turning the wheels. There are also wheelchair backpacks and designers to their best to make them look cool and be practical.

People who are in wheelchairs may easily move around on their own, it physical abilities let them. However, it is always good to have a few extra things with you, such as the wheelchair equipment. Since many use their wheelchairs outside, the wheels get dirty real soon. Washing them every time you come in the house is, to say the least, futile, so there are wheelchair wheel covers. Another good thing are wheelchair reflectors, which are used for moving in the dark. There are also things like umbrella holders for wheelchairs and various designs of armrests.

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