How Do You Spell Wheelchair? It’s Spelled: “F r e e d o m” – by RC Rougeux

0 Comments 25 November 2009

How do you spell “wheelchair”? The answer is: F – R – E – E – D – O – M! Wheelchairs give the gift of mobility to people who are not able to get around as ably as most. That doesn’t mean that wheelchairs are only for those who have lost the use of their legs completely…on the contrary! Wheelchairs help many people get around who can walk…but walk with great difficulty.

There are a variety of reasons why you might need a wheelchair, either temporarily or permanently. Years ago, they were a rare sight as they were large contraptions that were difficult to get around in. Today, though, they have come a long way from the wooden behemoths they once were. Now, they are lightweight and very strong and are able to get into places that they once were not able to get though (such as through doors or over street curbs).

Thankfully, as wheelchairs become affordable and available to more and more people, society has become increasingly accepting and accommodating to those in wheelchairs – which includes installing ramps, widening doors, and retrofitting buildings with accessibility options. It’s far from perfect still, but they’ve come a long way! What’s more, the wheelchair user doesn’t have to rely on someone else to move them around any more. The large rear wheels are easy to roll with upper body strength, or some users prefer to have an electric wheelchair which allows them to get around with the aid of batteries powering the wheelchair and a joystick (or suck and blow straw) steering it. These advancements give the chair’s user not only the gift of mobility but also of independence!

There are many types of wheelchairs out there. Check out the availability online to see which one is right for you. You’re sure to find some within your price range and designed suitably for your lifestyle. For example, if you live in a place that gets a lot of snow in the winter, you may want a wheelchair with larger tires to push you through the snow… and perhaps coarse or knobby tires to give you traction. Or, if you have long distances to go, consider getting a wheelchair that uses a smaller rolling rail on the outside of the rear wheel, so that you don’t have to move your arms nearly as much to get the wheelchair moving. There are even wheelchairs designed for professional wheelchair racers. They are lower to the ground, lighter in weight, and have the user in a tilted racing position…it may not be comfortable for day to day use, but if you like competitive sports, it’s a popular and exciting sport and there is equipment for it.

If you need assistance with your mobility but don’t want to get a wheelchair, there are other options, including electric scooters. These are popular choices for people who do have some mobility but find longer distances to be a little more difficult. You might find that they are useful for carrying more things if, for example, you go grocery shopping.

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