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“People are not confined to their wheelchairs. They are, in fact, liberated by their wheels. A person with paralysis can get around as quickly in a wheelchair as a non-disabled person can walking,” said the Christopher Reeve Foundation. When you have the perfect wheelchair for you, you have better mobility and are more comfortable, and your chair is more accessible for you to use. 

Many factors go into choosing the perfect wheelchair, such as your abilities, types of usage, and cost. To help you choose, here is a list of available wheelchair options. 

Manual Wheelchair Options 

You could find a manual chair more comfortable if you have more upper body strength. The manual chairs are propelled by using your arms and hands to push the wheels forward. 

Today’s wheelchairs weigh significantly less and come in a variety of styles. These lightweight versions are easier to fold and put in and out of cars. You can now find manual chairs with a suspension option that gives a much smoother ride. 

If you choose, you can add products to these chairs like “frog legs”. The frog legs also aid in suspension. Another invention for manual chairs is the super-light titanium chairs that aim to be easier on the user’s shoulders. 

You can also change out the tires so that they can work easier over harder terrain. For example, if you want to go off-road, some tires accommodate the rough and rocky roads. There are rims for tires called FlexRim tires that help create a more accessible, low-impact push, which helps protect arms and hands. 

Power Chairs 

If a person finds it difficult to push a wheelchair, there are power wheelchairs and scooters that will do the work for them. The power chair uses a joystick controlled by an electric motor.  

There are many different styles of power chairs. A traditional power chair resembles a manual wheelchair but carries the bulk of the batteries, motor, and control system. However, you can also find them with a captain’s chair-style seat on top of a power base. 

Innovation has given a wider choice for power chairs. You can find light, fast and powerful power chairs these days. New models can be off-road ready, can fold for travel, and be customized for the most complex needs of people using a wheelchair.

Specialized Wheelchairs 

There are wheelchairs for children, wheelchairs that tilt or recline, and standing wheelchairs for people to put themselves in a standing position to prevent pressure sores and improve circulation. 

Special chairs are also designed for sports and leisure, such as basketball or tennis. There are even beach wheelchairs with tires to navigate the sandy beach terrain. 

We hope that sharing these available wheelchair choices can help you determine the best wheelchair for your scenario. If you cannot choose the right chair, Next Day Access is here to help. Do not hesitate to contact your nearest Next Day Access location to schedule a consultation. We will work with you by presenting our various models and sharing the information you need to determine which wheelchair suits you best. 

Are you or a loved one experiencing mobility issues and needing the assistance of a wheelchair? If so, it might be time to remodel your home’s entry with a step-less solution. By remodeling for a step-less entry, you can be confident your entry will be safer and more comfortable. Here are the steps for remodeling for a step-less entry into your home: 

How To Remodel

  1. Have a covered entrance built over the entranceway. The covered entry aids in controlling water at a low threshold and ensures protection during inclement weather. 
  1. Make sure there is adequate maneuvering space around storm doors and screen doors. 
  1. Measure 5’x5’ as the minimum for level landing area maneuvering. 
  1. The walkway should be 4′ wide and sloped at 1:20 or less. If the slopes are steeper than 1:30, you will need to install handrails. 
  1. By using a mixture of retaining walls and earth berm, you will have an effective method that supplies a step-less route to the landing while keeping an integrated appearance of the home. 
  1. Remove the original small stoop. 
  1. When set at the same level as the interior house floor, the new porch landing will diminish the step at the entry door. 
  1. Prepare a flush or low-profile threshold ½’. This measurement will need to be the maximum height. 
  1. Install handrails with an integral package shelf. 
  1.  Exchange your house numbers for higher contrast numbers to ensure the numbers are easy to read at a distance. 
  1. Set up good lighting at the entryway. Focus the light on the house numbers and locksets to make certain you or your loved one have ease of use and better security. 
  1.  Ensure the entry and screen door provides a minimum 32″ clear opening with leverage-style hardware. 
  1. Lower the peephole, so you or your loved one can see through the peephole from the wheelchair. 

Next Actions

At Next Day Access, our priority is to make sure that anyone aging in place or has mobility issues can live safely, comfortably, and independently at home. We offer a vast assortment of items that make life easier. If you would prefer not to remodel your entryway, we offer many different styles of wheelchair ramps, including threshold ramps that easily slide over a small step. However, we have products to help with your remodel if you choose to remodel. You can schedule an in-home consultation with us, and we can help you figure out if a remodel is the most effective solution for your home. During the consultation, we can also help to show you areas in the home that could use added safety measures. Contact us today to schedule a consultation. 

If a long winter of snow, ice and shivering has you dreaming of a spring getaway to warmer weather, you are not alone. Although sandy beaches offer the sunshine and warmer temperatures you’ve been dreaming of, the sandy terrain might seem like a roadblock between your mobility device and the sun soaked days of your dreams. Next Day Access strives to help you find quality, accessible options to improve your life each day, and we suggest the following warm-weather tips to get the most out of your beachside getaway:

 

  •         Research readily accessible beach options: Beachside tourist spots are revamping to accommodate those who utilize mobility devices. Be on the lookout for beach areas that feature wooden or paved walking paths around the perimeter and boardwalks that extend into the sand from nearby handicap parking areas. Consider also the location of restrooms and changing houses to ensure an enjoyable outing.

 

  •         Beach exploring wheelchairs: Sand, gravel, and dirt paths create a hassle when navigating your usual wheelchair around the beach and other unpaved areas. With oversized all terrain tires and breathable mesh seating, beach wheelchairs are designed to help you tackle the different paths with ease. Be sure to check with your beach’s lifeguard station or your hotel’s concierge to see if they have a few for paid or free rental, or ask around at beachside storefronts.

 

  •         Bring planks or tarps: If a beach wheelchair isn’t readily available, pack a few durable tarps or wood planks for your excursion. When you lay them out, the barrier between sand and wheels creates a runway to get you from your parking spot to your chosen sandy spot with ease. Bringing multiple planks or tarps allows you to station your chair on one surface while the other is placed in front of you, creating a rotation for an adjustable path.

 

  •         Wear a floatation device: When it’s time to cool off in the waves, your friend, family or caregiver can give you a hand guiding you from sitting in your chair to sitting in shallow waters. Wearing some sort of flotation belt unobtrusively offers back support while you sit and also offers a safety aspect in the event of tipping for those with weak muscle control.

 

  •         Take advantage of vacation shopping: Escaping the scorching midday sun by checking out nearby shops is part of a successful day at the beach. Visit delicious restaurants outside of peak meal hours to avoid the throngs of tourists, and look for restaurants that have sidewalks and outdoor or patio seating options to enjoy the breeze.

 

Travelling can be stressful when you have mobility devices to think about. However, transporting your mobility chair doesn’t need to be a hassle. Our line of portable wheelchair ramps give you the portable, lightweight solutions you need to get from the parking lot to the beach in no time. Questions? Let us know!

 

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