There are many common issues linked to long-term manual wheelchair propulsion that a power assist wheelchair can help with.
If you are in a manual wheelchair, then you have undoubtedly seen the advantages that it can offer you in your daily life over a power chair. Some of the benefits of a manually-propelled chair when compared to its joystick-controlled counterpart, are: Independence Exercise Transportability Cost However, there can also be many drawbacks to long-term manual wheelchair use, which include: Fatigue Repetitive stress injuries Lack of powered assistance on inclines and uneven terrain Since our upper extremities were not designed for self-propulsion, the desire to lead an active lifestyle in a manual chair could potentially be derailed over time by the limitations of the shoulders, elbows, and wrists.
The joystick-controlled power chair was created as a solution for people who lacked the ability to push themselves in a manual chair, but its user base has grown to include many other groups as well. Perhaps you can self-propel everywhere except for steep hills, and unfortunately you just so happen to live in San Francisco? Maybe you just wish to avoid long-term damage to your upper extremities, so electronic wheelchair propulsion was your only option? Depending on your situation, a power assist chair may be a far better fit than a full power chair. The power chair was initially created for those who have minimal to zero pushing ability. However, if you’ve retained or gained even limited pushing ability, then a power assist chair is a lighter and more transportable option that provides more exercise than guiding a joystick or other form of controller on a traditional power chair. If any of the scenarios below apply to you, then you should consider power assist for your next wheelchair.
Batteries are part of our everyday life. Many of us cannot last a few hours, let alone a day without accessing our smartphones or tablets. Every time we go out, we either drive our car or take a form of public transportation. We use a remote control to switch channels while watching television. As you can see we frequently interact with batteries throughout our daily routine without always realizing it. This is especially true if you use powered mobility equipment, such as a scooter, power assist wheelchair, or fully powered wheelchair. Knowing how to properly handle and care for your batteries will help maximize your wheelchair’s battery life. In this blog we will go over 4 best practices of caring for a Nickle Metal Hydride (NiMH) wheelchair battery. For a detailed breakdown of the pros and cons of using NiMH wheelchair batteries check out our blog here.
The wheelchair has come a long way. A generation ago, the word “wheelchair” painted a picture of a boxy, shiny steel frame and sagging vinyl upholstery lining the seat. Finding a wheelchair with a perfect fit or support held little value in the past. If a child was in need of a wheelchair, their growth and developmental needs were overlooked. In most cases the child would be placed in a larger chair because he or she would “grow into it”. However let me emphasize that this was the past. Now there are almost as many wheelchair styles, colors, and options available as there are children to use them. Selecting the right one for your child can seem overwhelming at times, but knowing the important needs to consider will help you narrow down your search.
The Wheelchair World Series has rapidly grown in popularity over the years, so much so that it has truly transformed into an international event. Teams from around the world including Japan arrived in Minnesota on Tuesday. This gave teams a chance to become acclimated and practice before the opening ceremony kicked-off the tournament on Thursday.