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Did you have to use a wheelchair in the past? You are accustomed to how it moves and know what to expect. Using a wheelchair on an occasional basis and using one on a full time basis is quite different and will take some getting used to.
If you found out that the wheelchair use is going to be permanent, the following tips will help you make a smooth transition.
Get A Comfortable Wheelchair
Step one is getting a wheelchair that is comfortable and suits your needs. Cushions can help to make sitting in the wheelchair for long periods much more comfortable. Keeping blankets handy to keep you warm is a good idea since you won't be as mobile to generate warmth.
There are numerous accessories available that make using a wheelchair more convenient, like back packs, lap trays and cup holders. Making your wheelchair as comfortable as possible will make the transition a lot easier.
Being comfortable in a wheelchair means being familiar with how it functions. If you have been using it on an occasional basis, you are most likely aware of its many functions. If not, you should give each feature a try and see how it works for you. There are probably some new features that you will uncover that you might find useful.
Get the Chair That Suits You Best
It doesn't matter what kind of wheelchair you used in the past, be sure you get one that satisfies your present needs. Since you are now going to be using it daily, get one that will be comfortable and easy to operate.
Try a couple of different models before making your final decision. If you want to remain active and play sports you might opt for a sportier version. If you travel a lot, then a lightweight version that is easy to travel with might be better for your needs
Transitioning to a wheelchair full time might be challenging, so it is important to make the transition as quickly as possible. Be patient with yourself as you get use to your new routine and commit a bit of time daily to learning the many functions of your wheelchair and how to operate it properly. Before long, using your wheelchair will become second nature.
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