Last Updated on April 5, 2012
Getting around in a wheelchair can be a challenge at first. But with some time and careful planning, wheelchair users will find that they have extraordinary independence in their everyday life. Here are some tips for getting around on your own.
- Pick your wheelchair wisely
Wheelchairs come in a variety of shapes and sizes, so make sure that you pick the wheelchair that works best for you. The best wheelchair will be comfortable to sit in and maneuver. It should also provide you with as much mobility as possible. The way the chair feels varies from person to person, so do your research before picking the one you want. Think about where you will use the chair most often, what kind of activities you want to be able to do, and what features will make your wheelchair easy for you and loved ones to use.
- Patiently master navigating in your wheelchair
Using your new wheelchair may be different than using an old one and it’ll be a totally new experience if you have never used one before. Take your time and be patient as you adjust to your new chair. Make any necessary adjustments to make sure you are comfortable. It may be difficult at first, but you’ll be a pro in no time.
- Make your home wheelchair accessible
Making your home easier to navigate in a wheelchair can save you lots of time and stress. Handicap ramps and wheelchair lifts make getting in and out of your house a lot easier. This can include threshold ramps for doorways and larger, modular ramps for outdoor accessibility to stairways. For indoor accessibility, stair lifts will help you move up and down large sets of stairs very easily.
For more advice on learning to navigate your home, office, or community in a wheelchair, talk to your mobility experts at Williams Lift Company. We have been serving wheelchair users for over sixty years, and serve all of Northern and Central Jersey. Set up an appointment for a free estimate today.