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A Guide to The Electric Wheelchair – by Rory H. Hawkins

No Comments 29 June 2010

A wheelchair is a device that helps movement of a person who is disabled or ill. In simple terms it is a chair put upon wheels, which can be pushed either electrically or manually. Those wheelchairs that are pushed electrically are called electric wheelchairs. The electric wheelchairs are powered by motors.

There are many types of wheelchairs that you can get from the market determined by the kind and frequency of use. The wheelchairs can be used inside or outside and can be fetched at a minimum price of $1,500. when you purchase a wheelchair you must think about certain elements like source of power, warranty and cost, the size and weight of the person who would be using it, the weight capacity of the chair and efficiency of use wherever required. There are three types of wheelchairs mid-wheel drive, front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

The most common and traditional type is the rear-wheel drive wheelchair. They run faster that front-wheel types but are not so flexible in turning as the mid-wheel drive and front-wheel drive wheelchairs.

Slowly gaining more popularity is the front-wheel drive wheelchair because they are very flexible and can be turned around better. But because of this feature they are little bit slower than the rear-wheel drive wheelchair.

The mid-wheel drive wheelchair tends to be little bit unsteady while starting and stopping. However it is the tightest turning wheelchair.

There are many other types of wheelchairs. Some are based on weight, ranging from ultra lightweight to heavy-duty wheelchairs. Then there are transport wheelchairs, tilt-in-space wheelchairs, rough terrain wheelchairs, specialty wheelchairs, wheelchairs with an elevating seat, pediatric wheelchairs, and so on and so forth.

Basically wheelchairs are used by those persons who have been struck by many different ailments and have been left with restricted or zero mobility. The problems can include old age, weight, paralysis, broken or weak bones, failing muscles, and a variety of other causes. Electric wheelchairs are easy to manage because they work on batteries and can be manipulated by a joystick. They are also very much moveable since they can turn 360 degrees in a single spot. They also do not cause much sound. Its just that they need more maintenance than hand-driven wheelchairs.

These days electric wheelchairs are being custom made according to the needs of the patient. To improve the strength and durability of the wheelchairs, advanced technologies like pneumatic wheels, hydraulic systems and spring suspension are also used.

You will be spoilt for choices for almost every other component of an electric wheelchair. The frame of the wheelchair can be rigid or foldable while the wheels can be free wheel or front wheel. Many foot and armrests are also available like, detachable, elevating or swing away. The armrests and footplates can be designed for the individual user to adjust for both height and angle.

When you are buying an electric wheelchair the above points are only the beginning of selecting the correct design. Other crucial points to remember are the measurement of the chairs backrest and if it is foldable and/or capable of reclining, the fabric and dimension of the chair’s seat, the kind of controls, hand or automatic brakes, kerb climbers and if the wheelchair will be fitted with lights. You can also attach other items on a wheelchair, including crutch holders, seat belts, a tray, anti-tap bars, drink holders, and bags.

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A Guide to Electric Wheelchairs – by Kent Pinkerton

No Comments 27 June 2010

A wheelchair is a mobility device that enables a sick or a disabled person to move. It’s basically a chair mounted on wheels, which can be propelled either manually or electrically. Wheelchairs propelled electronically are known as electric wheelchairs.

Electric wheelchairs are powered by motors. They can be used indoors and outdoors and cost at least $1,500. Depending on the kind and extent of use, there are several kinds of wheelchairs available on the market. Some features to consider when buying a wheelchair are the weight and size of the person using it, convenience of both indoor and outdoor use, the chair’s weight capacity, power source, warranty and cost.

Electric wheelchairs are generally used by people who have limited or no mobility due to many different ailments. Some people can be required to use a wheelchair because of old age, paralysis, weight, degenerating muscle diseases, broken or weak bones or other illnesses. Electric wheelchairs are easy to use because they are powered by batteries and can be controlled by a joystick. They are also highly maneuverable as they can turn 360 degrees in one spot. They are also very quiet but they require more maintenance than manual wheelchairs.

Electric wheelchairs are now being designed according to the users’ requirements. Advanced technologies like spring suspension, pneumatic wheels and hydraulic systems are being applied to increase the wheelchair’s strength and durability. There are basically three types of electric wheelchairs, including rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive, and mid-wheel drive.

Rear-wheel drive wheelchairs are the traditional and most common type. They are faster then front-wheel models but are not as flexible while turning as the front-wheel drive and mid-wheel drive wheelchairs.

Front-wheel drive wheelchairs are becoming more popular because they are more flexible and maneuverable. They are slightly slower than the rear-wheel drive wheelchairs because of this.

Mid-wheel drive wheelchairs are the tightest-turning wheelchairs. However, they tend to be slightly unsteady while stopping and starting.

Other types of electric wheelchairs are based on weight, ranging from ultra lightweight to heavy-duty wheelchairs; transport wheelchairs; tilt-in-space wheelchairs; wheelchairs with an elevating seat; rough terrain wheelchairs; pediatric wheelchairs and specialty wheelchairs, among others.

Various options are available for almost every part of an electric wheelchair. The wheelchair frame can be foldable or rigid while the wheels can be front-wheel or free wheel. Various foot and armrests are also available including, detachable, swing-away or elevating. The footplates and armrests can be customized to adjust for both angle and height.

When purchasing a wheelchair the above considerations are only the start of choosing the right design. Other important considerations are the dimensions of the chair’s backrest and whether it will be foldable and/or able to recline; the dimensions and upholstery of the chair’s seat; automatic or hand brakes; the type of controls; kerb climbers and whether or not the wheelchair will be outfitted with lights. Other options that can be attached to electric wheelchairs include a tray, crutch holders, seat belts, bags, drink holders and anti-tip bars.

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2006 Electric Car Has Been Around For More Than A Century – by Frank Vanderlugt

No Comments 25 June 2010

The idea of having an electric car makes so much sense. Imagine workers in a large, contained industrial area using electric cars to transport material and employees from one area to the next. At the end of the run they would simply plug the car in and charge it back up. Imagine the same electric car on college campuses across the country. Students would drive from class to class and then back to their dorm or apartment. As part of their regular routine, they would plug in their electric car for a recharge.

Imagine too these quiet electric cars in planned communities transporting residents to the golf course, to the club house or around the neighborhood to visit with friends. The employees, the students, the residents would be able to drive day after day without the need for gasoline. The electric cars would operate quietly without emitting polluting toxic fumes. The area would be cleaner and quieter. This has to be a radical new idea, right?

Actually the electric car has been around in one form or another since 1832 when the Scotsman Robert Anderson invented a rather crude carriage that was powered by battery cells that were not rechargeable. Not practical for long-term use, but it was the beginning of a revolutionary concept.

Shortly after Anderson’s success, an American, Thomas Davenport, build a practical electric engine for a small train. The effort was truly global and the next step came from a French scientist, Gaston Plante, who invented the rechargeable storage battery. In 1881 the battery was improved and became the same basic lead-acid battery that is still used in today’s cars.

Electric cars were all the scientific rage in the 1890s. The decade began with William Morrison building the very first successful electric auto in Iowa in 1891. He was followed by Thomas Edison in 1893. By 1897 the Pope Manufacturing Company took the concept big time with the first electric taxis in New York City. At the end of the decade, electric cars were well accepted. Approximately one-third of the cars being made were electric and the brightest minds in the industry were working on ways to improve the battery.

However, soon after, all of that changed drastically. In 1908 Henry Ford rocked the auto world with the mass-production of the gasoline-powered Model T. At first these Model Ts were difficult to start because they required a hand crank starter. In 1912 the electric car starter was invented and the gasoline-powered car was off and running at full speed.

At the time everything seemed to support the gasoline-powered car. They could travel farther than the electric car. They had better horsepower and of course gasoline was in abundant supply from American sources. So the electric car faded from the scene.

It would be more than 40 years later before the public was again ready to even think about electric cars as a viable source of transportation. In the 1970s the price of oil was rising at alarming rates and the political turmoil in the Middle East caused American to once again look inward for answers.

Some attempts were made in the 1970s but with limited commercial awareness. These electric car models could not compete with the long-range and power that drivers had come to demand of their cars. By 2006 a few electric cars and a few hybrid models were introduced. The rising gas prices that year helped to spur public attention. The most commercially successful company has been Toyota with their Prius line.

It isn’t that consumers don’t recognize the need for alternatives to high-priced, volatile foreign oil and gas; they have simply become too accustom to the power and convenience of gasoline-powered cars and trucks. We are a very mobile society and very unwilling to compromise on that in the ways that an electric car would involve.

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Moving And Handling Mobility Aids – by Handy Healthcare

No Comments 23 June 2010

There are various types of mobility products to make moving and handling easier for healthcare professionals as well as individuals. These products include simple items such as transfer boards, through to bathlifts and devices to help with getting in and out of bed.

Here is a list of 5 types of mobility aids which can make moving and handling easier for both individuals and healthcare professionals in a caring environment.

1. Transfer boards are designed for those with limited strength and dexterity to transfer from one seat or type of seat to another. They can be used when moving from or to cars, beds, wheelchairs, and baths, and in any other type of similar situation. Different shaped transfer boards meet different specific needs. For example transferring from a wheelchair to a bath might need a different shaped transfer board compared to transferring from a car seat to a wheelchair.

2. Seat assists can help people who have problems getting out of a sitting position. Turntable types of device enable the user to swivel their body round in order to get out of a car seat for example and can be used with dining chairs, as well as other sorts of chairs and seats. There are mobility products available which help the user to rise out of a chair, in a similar way to a riser recliner chair. These are self powered, unlike a riser recliner chair. The more luxurious models feature memory foam for additional comfort and washable covers for convenience. These can be used with any sort of chair, and are easy to adjust. A frame type of riser that fits around an armchair or a settee can help the user stand up or sit down. These are more substantial than the self powered type of seat assist, and are ideal for those who could benefit from the extra stability and support that the frame provides.

3. Patient transfer aids include poles which can be attached to the floor, ceiling, or bed, to assist when getting in and out of a bed or chair. These types of mobility aids can allow users to remain independent, and can be of assistance to healthcare professionals, and those in a caring environment. A leg lifter is a stiffened strap and can be used to help move an immobile or stiff leg when using a wheelchair, bed or chair for example. Non slip mats can be ideal for use when transferring on a slippery floor. There are several types of mobility aids designed to help with getting in and out of a car. These include handles which attach to the window frame, and a bar that attaches to the door latch and provides a strong secure way of getting in and out of a car.

4. Bed assists are useful mobility aids for those who spend a lot of time in bed or for those who struggle to get in and out of bed. Popular devices include mattress elevators which raise the head end of the mattress to provide additional comfort and reduce the risk of pressure sores, adjustable backrests, and cushions for raising the legs and feet. A footboard is a simple device which is attached to the bed, and can prevent a person from slipping down the bed whilst in a sitting position. A rope ladder hoist can be used to help with sitting up in bed. The end of the rope ladder is fastened to the bed legs, whilst the user raises him or herself, by gripping the ladder rungs using a hand over hand movement.

5. A bathlift can provide a great deal of independence for someone who is currently struggling to bathe, or finds getting in and out of the bath a problem. Bathlifts are controlled by a handset that lowers and raises the bath lift. If there is not enough charge in the handset to raise the bathlift, the bathlift will not lower. This means that the user will never be stranded in the bath. Bathlifts are normally portable and can be folded when not in use, and often have washable covers for convenience.

These are just a few examples of the range and variety of bathroom mobility aids that are available. Why not see if there’s anything that could make your daily living easier?

For more information about Mobility Aids and Disability Aids, Healthcare Products and Occupational Therapy Supplies, please visit www. handyhealthcare.co.uk

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No Comments 21 June 2010

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