A manual wheelchair typically has handrails on the wheels to allow the user to propel themselves; there may also be handles at the rear to let another person push them. Wheelchairs are used by some people only when going outdoors to reduce the risk of falls.
Advice & Tips:
I am using a manual wheelchair that is borrowed from a relative. I am using a special wheelchair cushion that was recommended by an occupational therapist, which is on loan. I would recommend seeking the advice of an occupational therapist on getting the appropriate type of wheelchair, the proper sizing, and advice and help with funding from insurance or other organizations. Consider also things like ramps to get in and out of the house, having someone to push the wheelchair and transport it in and out of the car, and making sure that the places you are going to are wheelchair accessible. Presently, I use the wheelchair only for occasions when there is a significant amount of walking – more than I can handle with the rollator.
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