How to keep active in the outdoors with lightweight wheelchairs this summer

August 23, 2019 7:17 am
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Summer is in full swing, which means we can enjoy some family quality time outside before the cold weather set in again.

You can enjoy being active, as much as the next person, even if you are a wheelchair user with our full range of tried-and-tested lightweight wheelchairs.

Find a chair that meets your lifestyle needs of the season with us, Karma Mobility!

What are your needs?

Before you start wheelchair shopping, you should make a list of the desirable features that grant you the freedom of independence while taking into a realistic account of your limitations, such as your overall health and fitness levels.

Are you adventurous and like to do things on your own? Or do you prefer to err on the side of caution by having someone at your hand in the case of emergencies?

  • Self propel or transit?

This is one of the biggest questions you should pose to yourself if you are in the market for a new lightweight wheelchair. Do you want to move around on your own, performing daily tasks, like shopping, travelling and pottering around town solo? Or do you require some assistance from others?

You might have the resolve, but you should also be realistic: do you have the strength and are you fit enough to push yourself around town? Lightweight wheelchairs might be less weighty than other classifications of chairs, but pushing yourself around in midday heat is less than ideal.

  • Do you intend to travel?

Being able to pack up your chair in the trunk of your car is one of the key benefits of having a lightweight model. Being able to fold it up and store it in small spaces also makes international travel possible, which is a plus if you consider unpredictable British weather. Swap potential grey skies for a warmer client in a foreign climate journeying with your trusty lightweight wheelchair!

  • Maximise your comfort with additional features

If you are an active person and plan to make full use of your chair, you are going to want to feel comfortable, which means you might have to invest in a few add-ons. Consider purchasing a few extras to maximise your comfortability, such as arms rest, footrests and extra padding – being seated in a hard chair all-day spells for a numb bottom.

  • Continue doing the things you love

Make peace with your mobility issue with the knowledge that your lightweight wheelchair allows you to keep doing what you love; cooking is a possibility if you consider yourself an aspiring chef!  Using lap desks and by modifying the space, you can swiftly manoeuvre around your kitchen without accidentally hitting against corner cupboards with your chair.

  • A dual-action chair

People tend to spend a fortune purchasing more than one chair; one for inside and the other for external use. Enjoy the best of both worlds with a lightweight chair and save yourself from going out of pocket.

A superior quality wheelchair can serve you for the rest of your life. When searching for the right one, consider all of your needs and do not compromise on cost – choose affordable over cheap and nasty; and one that is reliable and can stand the test of time.

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This post was written by Todd Rich

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