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The Benefits of Electric Indoor Wheelchairs – by Kent Pinkerton

No Comments 24 November 2009

Electric indoor wheelchairs are a boon to wheelchair users. They add power, speed and comfort to the experience. Indoor electric wheelchairs are for people who have absolutely no mobility, even at home. However, indoor wheelchairs cannot be used outdoors, except in the garden or lawn. There is a huge variety of indoor wheelchair brands to choose from. They are provided with several options and can be custom designed to suit individual needs. There are also plenty of styles and colors to choose from.

Certain guidelines must be met while providing an indoor electric wheelchair to a person. The person should be suffering from a defect of the locomotor system or from chronic heart or lung conditions that make walking impossible. The person should be unable to effectively self-propel a manual wheelchair indoors. The wheelchair user should also be able to achieve a fair level of independence in the home because of the electric indoor wheelchair. The need of this chair should be permanent or at least long term.

There are also some dual electric wheelchairs, which are fit for both indoor as well as outdoor use. Some criteria required for this kind of electric wheelchair, in addition to the guidelines for indoor electric wheelchairs include the following:

1. Users must have adequate field and acuity of vision to be safe on public roads.

2. Users should have the ability to comply with DVLC requirements for motor vehicle drivers concerning epilepsy and other causes of loss of consciousness.

3. Users should not require accessories, modifications or special seating outside of the range supplied by the powered chair manufacturer.

4. Users should comply with the manufacturer’s recommended occupant weight limit for the chair.

5. Users should have a residential environment, which is compatible with the use of a dual-purpose powered chair, and which includes a suitable storage area and power supply for battery charging.

6. Users should have a local outside environment that is accessible by a dual-purpose powered chair and compatible with its use.

7. Users should have the capacity to derive significant improvement in their independence and quality of life through use of a dual-purpose powered chair.

Electric Wheel Chairs Info provides detailed information about electric wheelchair lifts and scooters, used electric wheelchairs, electric indoor wheelchairs, Medicare, electric wheelchair reviews, and more. Electric Wheel Chairs Info is the sister site of Scooters Web.

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Electric Wheelchair or Powerchair – Which should you choose? – by Eric Comforth

No Comments 24 November 2009

Electric wheelchairs are either rear or front wheel driven. Some of them are center driven or four wheel driven. These powerchairs come in many varieties like small portable models, foldable models, and models that can be dis-assembled. Large, full-featured electric wheelchairs that are called rehab chairs are also available. Powerchairs are designed for persons who have arm and leg disablement. Such people would find the operations of hand propelled wheelchairs quite difficult.

Electric wheelchairs are fitted with electric motors that are powered by 4 to 5 ampere rechargeable batteries. These motors are outboard boat engine types. The batteries come in dry or wet types. Dry type batteries are the most preferred ones due to ease of operation and maintenance. Electric wheelchairs are also fitted with battery chargers so that plugging into standard wall outlets is easy.

Operating either a joystick or a controller usually controls electric wheelchairs. Hand controllers, chin controllers, puff/sack controllers are specifically designed for persons with varying degrees of operational difficulty. The controller is the most expensive part of powerchairs and is quite delicate. Electric wheelchairs come with several optional functions like tilting, reclining seat and leg elevators, etc. to facilitate healthy and functional operations.

Electric wheelchairs for kids are generally those used by mentally disabled children or children affected by polio. These wheelchairs are custom made to suit the age of the child as well as the usage like indoors or outdoors or both. Polio affected kids and paraplegics were using hand supports till a few decades ago. Such hand supports normally resulted in severe body strain to the kids. The advent of electric wheelchair for kids has greatly relieved such kids of their suffering.

Travel had been on the rise and persons using wheelchairs are no exception. Traveling on vacation, travel for education, employment or participation in sports meets and general commuting for shopping, etc. have become indispensable for persons using electric wheelchairs. Portable and foldable models of wheelchairs require storage space, when not being used. As such, public transports like buses, trains and airplanes specifically provide electric wheelchair carriers. Buses with low boarding platforms that can literally lift wheelchairs into the buses have also been designed to serve such people. Such platforms are electrically or hydraulically operated.

Nowadays, in the United States, sales and service facilities for electric wheelchairs are quite widespread. You do not have to go too far to buy an electric wheelchair of your choice. As these powerchairs are made-to-order types, deliveries take some time but are normally very reliable. Electric wheelchair parts repair has also become quite easy, reliable and economical due to the healthy competition between the various electric wheelchair manufacturers.

Operation of an electric wheelchair by patients or disabled persons carries a certain amount of risk. Accidents could not be avoided at one time or another. Such accidents could be minor or major. Hence, insurance companies provide both accident/life insurance policies, as well as medicare policies to cover such risks. It is always advisable to take suitable insurance policies for physical and financial protection. Electric wheelchairs and medicare go hand-in-hand for persons confined to wheelchairs.

Electric power scooters, or mobility scooters as they are called, are normally fitted with two rear wheels, a seat with a flat area to place the feet and a handlebar in the front to operate one or two steerable front wheels. Swiveling seats are also available. Electric power scooters are invariably electric powered by rechargeable batteries that could be charged from standard electric outlets. Certain models of mobile scooters are gasoline-powered. Such electric power scooters have been most welcome for persons confined to wheelchairs. They find such scooters handy for commuting to schools and colleges as well as to workplaces and shopping. Electric power scooters are normally cheaper than powerchairs. Insurance companies and healthcare agencies like Medicare prefer to insure or extend medicare facilities for people using such scooters.

Eric Comforth is a consultant who writes on many consumer topics. There is more wheelchair information at
Wheelchairs For You.

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Buying Used Electric Wheelchairs – by Kent Pinkerton

No Comments 24 November 2009

Mounting health costs and cuts to government funding are making wheelchair users seek heaper alternatives like used electric wheelchairs. Secondhand electric wheelchairs are no doubt heaper than new ones but a lot of care should be taken when buying a used electric wheelchair.

Sources of used electric wheelchairs are primarily relatives, friends, and local support groups. Information about used electric wheelchairs is also available in advertisements on bulletin boards, newsletters, Web sites, at local hospitals and rehabilitation centers, or local disability organizations. Information for finding used wheelchairs can also be found in newspaper classifieds or in pawnshops.

It is wise to also solicit advice from a therapist or physician before buying a used electric wheelchair. Private health insurance and state vocational rehabilitation centers sometimes cover the cost of used electric wheelchairs. The Technical Assistance Project (TAP), supported by the federal Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act (Tech Act) of 1988, also provides financial support for the purchase of disability equipment. Sometimes, wheelchair vendors also provide guarantees and warranties for used wheelchairs.

One disadvantage of buying a used electric wheelchair is the non-transferability of the warranty on the chair. There are also certain other disadvantages to consider such as the chair’s physical dimensions, capabilities, condition, fittings and accessories. Because of the many different options and accessories available for wheelchairs it is better to be well informed before buying a used electric wheelchair.

Electric Wheel Chairs Info provides detailed information about electric wheelchair lifts and scooters, used electric wheelchairs, electric indoor wheelchairs, Medicare, electric wheelchair reviews, and more. Electric Wheel Chairs Info is the sister site of Scooters Web.

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Kitchen Mobility Aids – by Handy Healthcare Staff

No Comments 24 November 2009

If you have mobility or dexterity problems, perhaps carrying out daily kitchen tasks is proving more difficult. Kitchen mobility aids can make your life easier. Kitchen mobility aids are usually small and often relatively basic items, but can make a lot of. A jar opener or tap turner might not be an obvious purchase when compared to a mobility scooter, but it is likely to be used just as often, if not more often.
There is a diverse assortment of kitchen disability aids available, ranging from jar and bottle openers, trolleys, cutlery and crockery, tap and knob turners, kettle tippers, non-slip mats and cutting boards, to food preparation utensils, perching stools and many many more products.
Here are ten types of kitchen daily living aids that can help with food preparation and cooking.
1. Various types of jar and bottle openers are available which can be used in many situations around the house and garden, making them very versatile indeed. They work in different ways; some are a non-slip rubber cone that is placed over the jar or bottle lid, and others use a metal loop attached to a handle tightened round the lid, and then levered open.
2. Trolleys enable you to take items to and from the kitchen, can help with walking, and can also be used in other rooms as well. They can help with carrying food and all the things you need with you around the house, such as glasses, a drink and medication.
3. Those who require assistance with feeding can benefit from using cutlery with oversized or adapted handles. This style of cutlery is ideal for those with a weak or limited grip. Crockery with higher sides to prevent food spilling off the plate can help those with limited hand or muscle control. Scoop plates have angled sides to help ideal push food onto a fork or spoon, and are ideal for those who eat one handed.
4. Tap and knob turners can be fitted to kitchen and bathroom taps and cookers to make sinks and cookers easier to use. These turn conventional taps into levers, which mean that they are easier to use. Turners are also available for cooker controls to make cooking safer and easier.
5. A kettle tipper is a device that supports the weight of the kettle in a cradle and enables the kettle to be tipped, so that the user doesn’t have to take the weight of the kettle. These can be invaluable for people who haven’t
6. got the upper body strength or dexterity to pick up and hold a full kettle to make a hot drink. Mini kettles are also available which are smaller, hold a lot less water and much easier to use for those with limited upper body strength or mobility.
7. Non slip mats and coasters are ideal for placing under plates, and other items to prevent them from slipping around, when eating or preparing food for example.
8. Cutting boards are available which clamp to a work surface and often have sides to them. Sections for securing vegetables so they can be easily cut, and so that bread can be buttered safely using just one hand, for example.
9. Food preparation utensils such as spatulas, knives and graters are available with angled comfortable handles to reduce the strain on wrists and hands. These utensils allow those with mobility or dexterity problems to prepare and chop their own food without needing assistance.
10. A perching stool is invaluable for those people who aren’t able to stand up for long periods of time, and are perfect for use in the kitchen whilst preparing food, as well as in numerous other situations around the house.
These types of healthcare products are often recommended by Occupational Therapists and other healthcare experts. Kitchen mobility aids, such as these, can be the difference between somebody being able to cook for themselves and having to rely on someone else to cook for them. Many more daily living aid products are available which can benefit those with limited mobility or dexterity.
These are just a few examples of the range and variety of household mobility aids that are available. Why not see if there’s anything that could make your daily living easier?

For more information about Mobility and Disability Aids, Healthcare Products and Occupational Therapy Supplies, please visit Handy Healthcare

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Bathroom Mobility Aids – by Handy Healthcare Staff

No Comments 24 November 2009

If your bath time is becoming a struggle, then why not choose from a selection of bathroom mobility aids to make bathing more enjoyable again. Many disability aids are available to help you get in and out of the bath, and help with bathing once in the bath or shower. You are sure to be able to find something to meet your requirements, and make bathing more enjoyable again.
Here is a list of ten types of useful bathroom healthcare products.
1. Steps, grab rails and poles are useful for helping you to get in and out of the bath. Steps can be built up to the correct height for you so that getting in and out of the bath is no longer as difficult. Grab rails and poles can be fitted to the bathroom walls or the floor to provide support when getting in and out of the bath or shower and so reduce the risk of slipping. It is recommended that grab rails and poles are professionally fitted by a qualified tradesperson to ensure that they are properly and safely installed.
2. A set of tap turners can make life easier for those with a weak grip. There are various types available to fit different shapes of tap. They fit to the taps, and provide more leverage making it is easier to turn the tap on and off.
3. A bathlift is another mobility product that can be very useful. It works by electrically lowering and raising the user into and out of the bath. The rechargeable handset will not lower the bathlift if there is not enough charge left to raise it back up again. This ensures that the user is not stranded in the bath if the battery runs out.
4. Bath seats and boards go across the width of the bath, and allow you to sit comfortably in the bath or shower. These can be easily removed as necessary. Transfer benches allow you to easily transfer from a wheelchair or powerchair for example to the bath or shower.
5. Bath stools and chairs sit in the bath itself, and are designed to allow you to perch or sit in the bath or shower. These often have height-adjustable legs so that you can be comfortable and at the right height whilst bathing or showering.
6. Bath thermometers change colour with the heat of the water and so ensure that you don’t scald yourself. These thermometers are also ideal for carers and other healthcare professionals who can see at a glance whether the water is the right temperature or not.
7. Once you are able to get in and out of the bath again, there are other healthcare products that can help you with bathing. So that you don’t have to stretch or reach as far for example, items such as long handled sponges, foot and toe washers, hair washers and flannel straps can make a real difference. These types of bathroom mobility aids don’t absorb water, and so they remain light and easy to use. Bath pillows and pressure relief cushions are also available to help make bathing more comfortable. Shower curtains with a U-shaped cut out for a bath board are available to stop water splashing out of the bath when using a bath board.
8. Reusable waterproof cast and dressing protectors slip over a cast or dressing on arms or legs, and ensure that the cast or dressing doesn’t get wet whilst bathing or showering.
9. Mobility aids such as raised toilet seats, toilet frames and toilet rails can also be of assistance whilst in the bathroom. A raised toilet seat can be fitted to a normal toilet seat, to raise the overall height of the toilet seat in order to help people with mobility problems. Toilet rails and frames can help by providing something safe and secure to lean on, and so can be beneficial to those who require help standing up or sitting down.
10. Self propelled shower chairs give the user independence. They are similar to a standard wheelchair, but are water resistant, and may have detachable arm rest and foot plates.
For carers and other healthcare professionals, bathroom mobility products, and other daily living aids can help whilst caring for others, and can perhaps, allow someone who currently needs help, to help themselves.
These are just a few examples of the range and variety of bathroom mobility aids that are available. Why not see if there’s anything that could make your daily living easier?

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