September 9, 2015 | 12:06 pm | By Pants Up Easy
Living your life in a wheelchair can be challenging, there’s no denying that. Luckily, there are several wheelchair accessories that can be quite beneficial for a T9 complete, as well as other wheelchair users. Below we will discuss the most helpful accessories that you may want to consider investing in.
A wheelchair seat cushion is almost a necessity for a wheelchair user. There are many different types of cushions, made in different styles and materials. Your own personal needs as well as what you prefer will determine the best seat cushion for you. A wheelchair cushion isn’t only about making your time spent in your wheelchair more comfortable, they are also beneficial in a number of different situations. The constant pressure from sitting all day, every day, can lead to skin breakdowns, sores, and even ulcers. A therapeutic wheelchair cushion can stop these issues before they have a chance to start.
You will spend quite a bit of your time transferring back and forth from your wheelchair to other surfaces. If this is a challenge that is a bit too difficult or physically exhausting, a transfer board might just be the answer for you. Whether you’re moving from your wheelchair to the car, your bed, or the toilet, a transfer board can help make the process much easier. There are many different styles of transfer boards suited for specific needs, and they also are available in many different materials. Speak with your doctor or physical therapist to determine which type of transfer board is best for your particular situation.
If you spend much time outdoors, installing mobility lights on your wheelchair is worth considering. These lights will enable drivers and others to see you at night, or during dawn and dusk when it’s more difficult to gain visibility. This is a safety feature that is absolutely necessary if you plan on being out after dark. Not only will it help others see you, but it will make it much easier for you to view your surroundings. As with any wheelchair accessory, there are many different styles to choose from.
If your wheelchair has extended arm rests, it may be nearly impossible for you to pull up to a table or desk when needed. In order to make the tasks of eating or working easier, it could be a good idea to invest in a wheelchair tray. The tray will attach easily to your wheelchair and provide a steady surface for you to enjoy your meal or type up a paper. There are many different varieties of trays, from half trays that swing away to laptop trays to oversize trays that can function as a desk if needed. There is sure to be a tray that will suit your needs, no matter what they may be.
A cup holder that attaches to your wheelchair is a simple convenience that you may want to consider. Since you will certainly want to stay hydrated throughout your days, keeping your drink within reach just makes sense. Options range from basic black cup holders to attractive designs that are insulated in order to keep your beverages hot or cold. A cup holder is an inexpensive way to make life in your wheelchair much more convenient and comfortable.
While there are many, many other wheelchair accessories available that you may want to consider, these five are a good place to start. As a T9 complete, you have special needs to keep in mind, and your doctor or physical therapist may have suggestions for other accessories that could be beneficial as well.