Thankfully, there are many waterproof wheelchair covers available that suit all styles and designs of wheelchair and scooter. You might prefer a colourful poncho style, a cape or apron style or a wheelchair cosy.
So how do you know which wheelchair rain covers best suit your needs?
- First, you need to think of the functionality you want. You need to consider what time of year you will be using the wheelchair cover. Is this cover for light spring rains, warm summer storms, or freezing winter gales?
- You should also consider which design is easiest for you to put on independently and more around in.
- The degree of waterproofing you need from your wheelchair rain cover is important.
- The size of your medical equipment and the area you need to cover is something to factor in.
- Finally, you can also consider your personal style.
Wheelchair rain covers can be lined for warmth
In winter months, a layer of lining can help to keep you warm as well as dry. But don’t forget about spring and summer showers where it might be hot but wet. Perhaps having one cover for each eventuality is the best solution in the end.
To start off with, why not get the one that suits your immediate needs? If it is warm now, try a lighter, unlined wheelchair cover. You can always add extra items further down the line. And when it’s time to get a winter cover, you might want to use it in combination with wheelchair gloves for warmth and to protect your hands.
What wheelchair cover design are you looking for?
There are cape-style wheelchair covers called ponchos. These protect a large area. Alternatively, you can get waterproof covers for particular areas of your body, such as your legs. You can also choose aspects of the design like whether or not there is a zip and, if so, where it is positioned.
These design factors will determine how easy it is for you to put on your cover, and how freely you are able to move about in it. You will want to choose one that allows you to be as independent in its use as possible.
How waterproof is the wheelchair cover?
There is a difference between garments and covers that are waterproof and those that are showerproof. Both showerproof and waterproof wheelchair covers will be made out of waterproof material, but the way the seams are handled will dictate whether they are completely waterproof or whether they are just suitable for use in light showers.
For a fully waterproof wheelchair cover, make sure any seams are sealed with special tape that seals the stitched holes, and you should stay cosy and dry within it. This is especially important for people who have to travel long distances outside, or who have electronic equipment that needs to avoid getting wet.
Which wheelchair rain cover fits your medical equipment?
Think about the mobility aids that you use. Do you push them yourself, as with a self-propelled manual wheelchair? If so, you need to consider how to keep your arms dry in a rainstorm. A wheelchair cover or personal garment that has sleeves is ideal for you in this situation.
If you use a manual wheelchair that is pushed by somebody else, or if you use an electric wheelchair or mobility scooter, a cape or poncho style waterproof cover may be preferable. It keeps your entire body – or your upper body, depending on the style you choose – covered and safe from the rain. It is also possible for power chair users to get covers that keep your hand and the hand controls dry.
Wheelchair covers to suit all kinds of styles
Increasingly, disability related products are becoming available in trendy styles that shake off the grey. If you like bright colours or bold designs, have a look around at the fashions available so that you buy an item that you can feel proud to wear. In fact, design students at Brunel University in London created some incredibly stylish waterproof wheelchair accessories that can be used for very practical purposes.
Never seen how a wheelchair rain cover works?
Check out this video of Shauna Bryner putting a Punchy Poncho on her son in his wheelchair. She said, “I’ve gotten lots of questions about how to put these ponchos on! It can be quite confusing with all of the snaps, but it is actually fairly simple once you see how it is done.”
Once you see how snug he is, and consider all the factors, you may decide to finally take the leap and purchase one yourself!