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.
Perceived effectiveness for Improve mobility:
Not at all
Advice & Tips:
I love this. I was hesitant to start using a wheelchair (because darn it, I can walk!), but my son loves to spend a few hours at the mall with me and I'm lucky if I can get 15 minutes before I'm exhausted and wrecked for the rest of the day. With a wheelchair, I can stay for a few hours with him pushing me around, and I haven't ruined the rest of my day. Looking at getting a better chair (currently using Granddaddy's old transport chair), and plan on using it any time we go somewhere that would involve extended walking.
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