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Manual Wheelchair

As a manual wheelchair user, you may feel you have a lot of things to consider when choosing and using your chair.

You may wonder, “What wheelchair style should I choose?” Or “How do I  maintain my wheelchair properly?”

Our manual wheelchair articles will educate you on things like:

  • Different styles of manual chair and their features
  • Accessories and additions that can make your chair easier to use
  • How to maintain your chair and its spare parts properly
  • Traveling with a manual chair

Some of the things you will learn are:

  • When choosing a children’s wheelchair, you want to consider versatility, adaptability, and personality.
  • If your trunk and balance allow, lean forward when you push, for extra power.
  • It’s important to keep spare wheelchair parts on hand, and to store them properly.
  • Wheelchair gloves can be used to prevent pain, blisters, and calluses on your hands.

 

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collapsible wheelchair

Collapsible wheelchair and transportation

A collapsible wheelchair, or folding wheelchairs as they are sometimes known, are very simply wheelchairs that are able to be reduced in size easily to support storage and transportation.  They can be self-propelled or attendant propelled and generally have folding backrests to reduce height and a vertical ‘X frame’ to reduce width. Who benefits? Folding […]

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wheelchair wide

How wide should a wheelchair be?

When the time comes to get a new wheelchair there’s certainly lots to think about. What colour spokes should I get? Do I want Spinergy wheels? What will the cushion be like? But what about how wide should a wheelchair be? You’d be forgiven for not giving too much attention to the width of your […]

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transit wheelchair

Transit wheelchairs, social life and well-being

Transit wheelchairs often create a perception of the user which relates to age, need, disability and sometimes body shape.  This perception comes from the regular reinforcement of a medical model which encourages us to think of medical devices such as transit wheelchairs as pieces of equipment required by the frail.   However, when coming from the […]

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active wheelchair family

Meet the Invacare active wheelchair family

As probably all wheelchair users know, making a choice of your next wheelchair is often an occasion filled with both joy and frustration. Have a look at our active wheelchair family. After all, it’s a complicated and deceivingly important decision, one that will affect your life for years to come. In fact, if you really […]

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understand physical disability

The do’s and don’ts of wheelchair repair

It is important that before considering the ‘do’s and don’ts’ of wheelchair repair we understand and explore how to maintain the wheelchair.  Topics such as correct storage, battery maintenance, cleaning and regularly checking the wheelchair enable you to ensure the product remains safe and productive in the long-term. It is suggested that review your UM/SM […]

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rough terrain wheelchairs

Rough terrain wheelchairs vs outdoor models – a direct comparison.

Outdoor wheelchairs provide great personal freedom and as wheelchair design advances the range of models available is expanding.    Many outdoor wheelchairs are now highly adjustable to cope with different indoor and outdoor activities, though they are generally designed for urban environments and may not be able to cope with more ‘off road’ conditions.  Alternatively, […]

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