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Health & Assessment

If you are a wheelchair user, there are a lot of things to consider regarding your health.

Not only has your physical health changed, but likely your mental health has, as well. You may wonder, “How do I choose the wheelchair that is best for me?” You may also be concerned about things like, “How do I prevent pressure ulcers?” Or you may wonder, “Which cushions and backrests give me the best support?”

Read these articles for great information on staying healthy in a wheelchair with topics like:

  • Staying active, exercising, and reducing stress
  • Avoiding complications such as back problems and pressure ulcers
  • Making sure your wheelchair fit is optimal
  • Knowing what questions to ask at your doctor’s appointments

You will find out tips like:

  • One of the best ways to choose a wheelchair is to to try it “in motion.”
  • Wheelchair rain covers can help keep both you and your chair protected from the rain.
  • You can get wheelchair backs that are tension adjustable, to help maintain the right amount of support.
  • There are five areas to consider when choosing a wheelchair tyre: Measurements, Type, Maintenance, Task, Environment.

¡Happy reading!

 

backrest

Role of a backrest in supporting independence, health and well-being

Many people associate a bed backrest with nursing profiling beds whether they be for medical or domestic environments.  However, backrests are not just part of an integrated bed but can be stand-alone accessories, used on any standard domestic bed. When considering the purpose and benefit of a backrest we need to first consider what activities […]

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mobility chair

What does the term mobility chair mean to you?

The term mobility chair refers to a wheelchair which is only required as a means of transportation. It can otherwise be termed a transport wheelchair. A mobility chair can help someone who has limited or no mobility to get about. This umbrella term would not usually include wheelchairs appropriate for those that spend 24/7 in […]

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accessibility information

Why accessibility information is important?

Picture this for a moment – you’ve just left your home and your final destination is over thirty kilometres away, but you’ve no idea how to get from A to B and you’ve not planned any of the route or what mode of transport you’ll take to get there? Sure, the answer to these worrying […]

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Managing incontinence for wheelchair users

Managing incontinence for wheelchair users

It is entirely unacceptable to assume that wheelchair users have any more difficulty with managing incontinence than a non-wheelchair user.  It is also just as unacceptable to recommend that wheelchair users simply use pads or other forms of incontinence product to ‘manage’ the situation. Unfortunately, however, the latter is something I have experienced frequently within […]

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transfer birdie hoist

Facilitating safe transfers with a Birdie hoist

The Invacare BirdieEvo hoist is what is commonly known as a full-body hoist.  This means that it is used for lifting the person up in a sling without weight bearing with the objective being to move the person from A – B. The need for a BirdieEvo-hoist is when the user becomes unable to safely […]

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walking aids

What is the right walking aid for you?

Walking aids can provide support for a range of physical problems to increase safety, independence and confidence.  Understanding the different types of walking aids will help you to make the right choice for you. Walking sticks Walking sticks offer the simplest level of support and can be very effective if measured and used properly.  The […]

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Rear wheel and Tyre Selection for Optimal Manual Wheelchair Performance

What do you need to know to make an informed decision on wheelchair tyres and rims? Manual wheelchair frames are designed differently for a variety of functions; including everyday use, recreational and competitive sports activities. An important part of the wheelchair assessment and prescription process is choosing the best wheelchair rims and tyres to compliment […]

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