Independent Living Aids
Our store offers an excellent range of hire equipment aimed to elevateat mobility and home help, depending on your needs. Crutches – including a wide variety (in different styles and different heights), wheelchairs – such as transit, manual, compact and lightweight, walkers, shower chairs, and over-toilet chairs are some of the products we have available. Our expert front shop staff are available to assist in sourcing can track down items for you if we don’t have them in stock.
Here are just some of the unique wheelchair types available at Warnbro Pharmacy
Individuals who need assistance on short trips (such as those to the doctor’s office or other appointments) are best served by using a transit chair. Transit wheelchairs are similar to standard wheelchairs in that they have a lightweight frame and four wheels. However, their tires are small with minimal tread, making them less adept at navigating uneven terrain outdoors. Individuals who use transit wheelchairs will be able to breathe a sigh of relief when going anywhere in public. These chairs are ideal for people who go on short to medium-sized trips within the community. This means that errands such as grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, and even social outings will be easier and more enjoyable for them.
A manual wheelchair is the mobility device that most people use on a full-time basis when they are no longer able to ambulate. Manual wheelchairs have two large rear wheels, both of which have steering bars on the rims so that the user can propel the wheelchair forward and steer to each side as needed. Those wheels play a large part in the navigation of the wheelchair, since they have treads and can safely and smoothly guide the chair across even and uneven surfaces alike. Users can take advantage of this device from start to finish by helping load and unload it in their vehicle, getting in it, and moving about their surroundings. This style of wheelchair also gives someone sufficient back support, which makes it ergonomic in preventing injury and accommodating the needs of someone in a wheelchair full-time. Manual wheelchairs also give people control over their brakes, so they can be optimally safe without assistance from anyone else.
Manual wheelchairs are one of the best ways to feel safe in your environment, since they allow you to remain highly active and engaged in the community while still attending to your medical needs. Someone who uses a manual wheelchair will enjoy the comfort and accessibility afforded to them while also feeling peace of mind in their mobility situation.
Petite, small-framed individuals who need full-time mobility assistance are best suited by using a compact wheelchair. Compact wheelchairs are similar to standard (manual) wheelchairs in that the user can propel themselves or a caregiver can choose to push them to their destination. They also have brakes that are accessible to the user for safety and ease of use. The defining feature that sets compact wheelchairs apart from other seated mobility devices is that their frame is slightly smaller than that of a manual wheelchair. This not only makes the device easier to propel, but it allows someone to fold and store it more readily. This improves a person’s ability to independently manage their medical equipment and allows them to play a more active role in their responsibilities and their health. The nature of a compact wheelchair allows people to remain more active while getting mobility assistance.
Lightweight wheelchairs have all the same basic features as a traditional standard wheelchair does. This includes removable armrests and footrests, brakes for users to control the safety of their device, and rear handles so a caregiver or family member can assist them in steering or manoeuvring the device. The main difference between a lightweight wheelchair and a standard wheelchair is that the frame is made of a more aerodynamic, light aluminium. While there is only a few kilos difference between such models, this makes a difference in terms of steering, control, and even storage.
Ultra-lightweight wheelchairs are even more streamlined with similar features as the other models. It’s important to note that, while these are often the more convenient devices for people who live in small spaces or travel often, they are not as helpful or supportive for people who need long-term mobility assistance from a wheelchair. This is because they do not offer the comfort and postural support that other more defined wheelchairs do.
Lightweight wheelchairs not only prevent someone from falling when walking, but they also allow them more flexibility and activity. This helps people remain healthier and better engaged with their surroundings. People who use lightweight wheelchairs will also feel a greater sense of autonomy in their lives, being that people who are best suited for this device are those who can be responsible for transporting it and using it. A mobility device becomes an extension of the person using it so, even if someone is not using it consistently as is recommended with a lightweight wheelchair, they are able to take better care of themselves by having it available to them. This comes along with a sense of pride, independence, and power over one’s life, which is an excellent advantage that some manual wheelchairs may not offer.
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