When someone starts using a lightweight wheelchair, they will need to make adaptations to their lifestyle to ensure that they can still undertake the activities that they enjoy. While some things might seem awkward or like a long process to begin with, once they are established practices, it should not take much longer to prepare to go out in a wheelchair than it does for anyone else.
A few simple pieces of advice can make all the difference when it comes to lightweight wheelchairs. Good sources of information might include other users, wheelchair providers or, for more technical or specialist advice, someone might turn to a sales specialist like Karma Mobility.
When it’s raining, people who use wheelchairs obviously still want to be able to go places. It’s impossible to hold an umbrella and move a self-propelled wheelchair at the same time so what can they do?
It is possible to get a batch of disposable ponchos that are shower-proof and compact so someone can carry one around in their bag at all times. This can be used to cover the user as well as parts of the chair while still leaving the hands free. If someone is facing a longer journey or heavier rain, they might also consider a more heavy-duty, reusable poncho such as one from a sporting goods store or an army surplus stockist.
Gloves and boots are also worth considering in poor weather conditions for keeping warm and dry.
There are now a number of free apps available on smartphones and other mobile devices to help wheelchair users get around. Using modern technology in this way ensures that users of lightweight wheelchairs can have a positive experience whether they are visiting big cities or rural areas. These include:
• Wheelmap- An international app that highlights wheelchair-accessible places;
• It’s Accessible – A collaborative app where wheelchair users contribute information on shops and restaurants and their accessibility and services for wheelchair users;
• Radar National Key Scheme – used for finding the nearest accessible toilet that requires a radar key;
• Inclusive London/Inclusive Britain – another app that offers information on the accessibility of shops, pubs, restaurants and more.