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Wheelchair Ramps…Conquering The Final Frontier – by RC Rougeux

No Comments 24 November 2009

Wheelchairs make great 2 dimensional transportation: they move back and forth and left and right very easily… as well, the turning radius on a wheelchair has markedly improved over the past few decades making wheelchairs much more able to get into and out of tight spaces. Today, the final frontier in wheelchair accessibility is making the wheelchair easy to move from one level to another…up and down. Do you need to move your wheelchair from one height to another? You have a few options, which we’ve outlined below.
A lift is one way to move your wheelchair from the ground into or onto a vehicle. Lifts can be attached internally or externally. Often, they attach to the wheelchair and pick it up off the ground; Sometimes they use a hook method and other times they use a platform method. For example, on an external hitch (which hooks into the trailer hitch of your car), you simply drive your wheelchair onto the platform and then get off the wheelchair and raise the platform. Obviously, this type of lift is for users who do not need to be in the chair all the time or who have someone to assist them. An internal lift may work as a hook (without the user in the chair) or as a platform (with the user in the chair), lifting them into the vehicle.
Wheelchair ramps are another way of getting from one level to another. They can be designed from metal or wood. Often, the metal ones are purchased and although you can purchase a wood one, they are often built right onto the house as a do it yourself project. Municipalities often have recommendations for the height and length ratio (which is sometimes called the slope or the rise) in order to ensure the safety of the user. If you are having yours built, be sure to request traction tape or sand paint to be applied to the surface so that you can be sure you’ll be safe when it is snowy, icy, or wet on the ramp.
Of course, these ramps in the above paragraph are permanent. An alternative for some people is to get a portable ramp they can take with them wherever they go. There aren’t many truly portable ramps (that can be easily carried by someone in a wheelchair and placed on the ground in front of them) but there are ramps that – if you have an assistant – the ramp can be put in the car and taken out when necessary. This is the perfect solution for when you go to stores or commercial buildings that are not well designed for wheelchairs.
Another way to get from one level to another, if the level is not too big, is to simply use brute rolling force and a little balance. Most wheelchairs actually come with six wheels on them: four primary wheels for the main purpose of motion and two extra wheels…on some wheelchairs they are in the back and act as supports for when you tip backwards; on other wheelchairs they are on the front and act as “climbers” for when you approach a curb and need to get over.
We’re not yet at a place where a wheelchair can go where anyone else can go…but we’re getting there slowly. Until then, here are a few ways to get your wheelchair from point A to a point higher or lower!

The writer has the website at: www.AssistiveLivingMobility.com the strongest and lightest wheelchair ramps and everything about mobility equipment.

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Wheelchair Power Combo – by Blur Loterina

No Comments 24 November 2009

Still can’t find a wheelchair that suits you? There’s a company that caters all types of wheelchairs. And I mean all types. You can either choose from among their samples or you can have the company make one for you. It makes wheelchairs according to your specific needs.

The very first stand-up wheelchair was introduced in 1975. A high-end quality wheelchair with stand-up function has increased the quality of life. And this became a top priority for LEVO AG.

LEVO AG is the first provider of stand-up wheelchairs worldwide. It offers a complete range of stand-up wheelchairs to meet all individual requirements. The variations depend on the size, type of handicap or location. Its goal is to support the integration of disabled people. It assures you of constant developing and manufacturing of new products.

The company offers stand-up wheelchairs for children and adults that are ideal for body sizes from 90 cm (or 35.5 inches) to 200 cm (or 79 inches). It accommodates a maximum weight of 130 kg or 287 pounds.

LEVO products are available in manually propelled and powered standing. They can be a fully powered operated model. All LEVO models allow a biochemical optimal adaptation in terms of adjustability of the height, width, and angle regarding footrest, seat, armrest and backrest. Mounting of accessories is conditional. One of the lightest stand-up wheelchairs in the world is the LEVO active-easy LAE. It’s a manually propelled and manually standing wheelchair that weighs only 17 kg.

Since LEVO AG products meet individual’s needs, it has become the world’s leading manufacturer of wheelchairs. There are engineering and manufacturing staff who works with individual needs in case the many different options and accessories should not meet the customer’s needs.

There are also international distributors and dealers in over 30 countries that are well trained. Their job includes immediate service, correct adjustments and familiarity with all LEVO sales materials. They can work either in the workshop or on location. They are authorized to provide you further information about LEVO products. They are also willing to organize an in-service or assessment for free.

LEVO also has a research and development team which cooperates with medical specialists, therapists, rehabilitation consultants and wheelchair users to learn more about the customers’ needs and market changes. If you are interested, they provide information about studies and case studies regarding the success of usage, may it be physical, professional, practical, psychological and financial, of stand-up wheelchairs.

LEVO AG accepts phone call from customers. You can tell them about your personal experiences and feedbacks relating to their products. In this way, they will be able to evaluate and develop their products.

Do not let the wheelchair hinder nor prevent you from doing things. Consult experts who will help you find the appropriate wheelchair that will allow you to be more productive.

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Wheelchair Accessories: Getting Loaded – by David Faulkner

No Comments 24 November 2009

Buying a wheelchair today is not very different from buying any other vehicle. There are basic “no frills” wheelchairs, which are perfectly capable of doing their jobs. Then there are the “loaded” wheelchairs, equipped with the buyer’s choices of the many wheelchair accessories choices now available to add remarkable levels of comfort and convenience to wheelchair use.

One of the big wheelchair comfort items is, of course, the seat cushion. A properly fitted and constructed seat cushion is one of the essential wheelchair accessories; a poorly designed seat cushion will exacerbate poor posture and can lead to pressure sores.

A good wheelchair seat cushion encourages correct posture, which is a must for those suffering from difficulty in swallowing or neuromuscular impairment. Correct posture also assists both circulation and respiration, so a well-designed seat cushion is one of the wheelchair accessories with multiple positive benefits.

Ramps And Lifts

Although almost all public buildings are now wheelchair accessible, there are still many structures which have not been similarly modified and very few private residences can accommodate wheelchairs. There are wheelchair accessories, however, like portable wheelchair ramps, which allow wheelchair users to provide their own entry into previously restricted areas. Portable wheelchair ramps are ideal for getting wheelchairs into and out of vehicles and upstairs.

A wheelchair lift, on the other hand, operates much like an elevator and lets wheelchair users move from one floor of a building to another. These hydraulic wheelchair accessories allow users to be mobile even the event of electrical outages. There are less expensive electrically powered wheelchair lifts as well; while comfortable, they require a secondary source of power to keep them operational in a power failure. Other wheelchair accessories include stair and vehicular lifts.

Other Accessories

While wheelchair ramps and lifts are available in a wide variety, there are other kinds of wheelchair accessories to help you customize your wheelchair to your personal needs. They include such items as wheelchair restraints, used to secure your chair while you are traveling in a vehicle; wheelchair mounts to accommodate your laptop or other items; adjustable controls which can be either hand or voice-activated; and wheelchair locks or covers.

There are more wheelchair accessories intended to improve the user’s comfort, including head and neck supports, back cushions, gloves, and protective elbow, leg, and arm padding. In short, there are as many wheelchair accessories bringing comfort, convenience, and safety to wheelchair users as there are upgrade packages for the world’s finest automobiles!

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What You Need to Know About Wheelchairs – by RC Rougeux

No Comments 24 November 2009

Wheelchairs are most commonly used by people who have restrictions on their mobility. A wheelchair allows you to move around with greater freedom than you may have once had without it. They provide mobility to those who would otherwise be limited or completely unable to move their legs… but that doesn’t mean that they are only for those who are unable to walk. Many people who use them are still able to walk but simply are not as mobile without it.
For example, if you have severe arthritis in your legs, heart trouble, or a weight concern, a wheelchair will allow you to move about with great freedom and without fear that your health challenges will get in the way.
There are several options available for you to enjoy. Thank goodness that we no longer live in the day and age of the wooden wheelchair of a century ago with its giant front wheels and tiny back wheels, those looked cumbersome and unstable, even if they were built with the best intentions.
Today’s wheelchairs are truly state of the art. They are lighter and stronger than when they were originally constructed from wood: they are made of such materials that they can withstand a great amount of wear and tear but are not very heavy. They do not necessarily require someone to push around the person seated in the chair…quite often the person seated in the wheelchair can move themselves about very easily, by rolling the larger wheels (now in the rear).
As well, these wheelchairs can come with adaptations to make them electric powered…the user can simply attach a battery and they are able to use a small joystick device to get around. The main benefit of these wheelchairs is the freedom and mobility that the user enjoys. With technological advances in the manufacturing of these devices, the user can move around with a great deal of ease and comfort.
Unfortunately, there are drawbacks, too. The biggest drawback is not in the wheelchair itself but rather in the design of buildings and city streets. When they were designed and built, wheelchair accessibility was not forefront in their minds. Today, many laws are in place to ensure that retrofitting and remodeling take place to allow users the freedom to get around. But the reality is that this retrofitting is not complete: there is still a lot of work to be done. However, wheelchair users can rest assured that changes are being made and wheelchairs are increasingly being designed to help users make it through narrow doorways or over high curbs with greater ease.
What else is available in the mobility industry? There are many devices that can help you get around a little more easily. Electric stair ascenders are a great device where the wheelchair user simply sits on the platform and presses a button and the platform rises along a track installed parallel to the staircase. Think of it like a cross between an elevator (which is completely vertical) and an escalator) which is diagonal and it doesn’t restrict stairway use for those who do not use wheelchairs!

Mr. Rougeaux has written numerous articles about various wheelchair equipment, mobility scooters, adjustable beds, walkers, rollators, power chairs and assistive living.

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What Kinds of Wheelchairs are There? – by The Wheelchair Review Team

No Comments 24 November 2009

Just like there are many makes and models of cars, so are there many makes and models of wheelchairs. Trying to figure what wheel chair to buy can be a confusing, and long task. So let’s break it down into two types of wheel chairs you can own and then further break down the styles of wheel chairs available.
There are two main categories of wheelchairs. They are:
Electric Wheel Chairs: Electric wheelchairs are powered by a motor. In other words, they do not require physical effort – muscle power to make them move. They’re the higher-class version of the wheel chair wherein you use a control to direct the wheelchair where you want it to go.
Manual Wheel Chairs: Manual wheel chairs require you to use your muscles, physical effort to move you around from place to place.
Next, you have 6 styles of wheel chairs to choose from. You want to make sure you pick the style that best suits your needs.
Standard Wheel Chair: This wheel chair is designed for the person who weighs under 300lbs. And can self-propel themselves easily or has someone available to push them in it. A plus about this wheel chair is that if the user or helper does not have trouble lifting up to 45 pounds, then they’ll find this wheel chair ideal. This wheel chair also is less expensive than most out there.
Lightweight Wheel Chair: This is one of the most popular types of manual wheelchairs. It does everything the standard wheelchair does, but weighs 10lbs less.
Heavy Duty, Extra Wide/Bariatric Wheel Chair: This is a heavy-duty wheel chair designed to be used by people weighing 300 to 1000lbs.
Reclining Wheel Chair: If you spend long hours in a wheel chair or need to be put into a prone position at times, then this might be the wheel chair style for you. The drawback is that it’s very heavy and hard to transport from place to place.
Transport Wheel Chair: As the name implies this wheel chair is used occasionally. It’s very lightweight and easy to carry in your vehicle. The drawback is that it cannot be self-propelled by hand – it requires someone to push it. Or you may have to use your feet to “scoot” to where you need to go.
Written by the Wheel Chair Buyers Guide Team. Go to www.Free-Wheelchair-Buyers-Guide.com to see more free articles, tips and info. Updated weekly! This is the ultimate resource on wheelchairs.

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