Life with lightweight wheelchairs – dealing with different kinds of weather
At Karma Mobility, we want you to be able to enjoy a full life when you choose a product from our range of lightweight wheelchairs. Even when your mobility is limited – either permanently or temporarily – we think that your range of choices should be just as broad.
In order to achieve this, there are some ways your may need to adapt under certain conditions. Many of them are similar to the ways in which many people have to prepare- just with a few additions or special pieces of equipment.
Snow and ice
Lightweight wheelchairs are designed to move easily in small spaces and over flat surfaces. You can struggle if the conditions are not ideal or the terrain is rough. When there is a lot of snow or ice, you may need to get some assistance even if you usually self-propel.
That being said, a thick pair of gloves is useful to ensure you can still turn the wheels. If you get some with some light tread on the inside then this should help to counteract any slippage.
Plan your route in areas that see quite a lot of footfall and you should find that the area is clearer and perhaps even salted. You can buy your own salt from a hardware store so that you can prep your own driveway as well.
Manoeuvring a lightweight wheelchair can be strenuous work – especially if you are new to it. This may lead to perspiration and dehydration in the summer. Even if you are only going a short distance, it’s worth being prepared in hot weather.
At Karma Mobility, we have a range of accessories to help you carry the extras that you need. Ensure that you have a hat, sunscreen, water and a towel with you.
We do see some rain in the UK! It’s just not practical to spend every rainy day indoors so it’s worth investing in some sort of rain cover for yourself and your wheelchair. You can get ponchos that cover everything while still allowing you the access to propel yourself along. There are small, disposable ponchos or you can get something more heavy duty from an outdoor shop or online.
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This post was written by Mark Duffield