Published by B. Cando on 27 Mar 2012

Vacations for disabled persons

Gone are the days when people with disabilities lived a restricted life fully dependent on other people for support and entertainment. People’s mindsets have changed these days and it is now possible to see people with disabilities participating fully in life, whether it is work or even a vacation. There is even a growing demand for vacation options where people with all sorts of disabilities can enjoy themselves to the fullest without having to feel that they are missing out on things or even slowing other people down. Advances in wheelchair technology have helped immensely in this regard. Those with physical challenges have achieved greater independence and it’s about time. Wheelchair travel is growing as a market.

disabled-vacationsThe travel industry has realized the business potential of offering vacations tailor made for disabled persons and it offers them all sorts of exciting packages of accessible travel to destinations all over the world. It is possible for people with mobility issues or any other disabilities to go on accessible cruises, safaris or even scuba diving since arrangements are made to ensure that all participants face no inconvenience and their wheelchairs are accommodated on the vacation. The only limitations will be the imagination and your budget of course, but plan accordingly.

There are many vacation options for accessible travel for disabled persons. It depends on what your preferences are. People who wish to travel alone or with their travel partner or travelers wishing to join in a group are available, all depending on one’s tastes. Tour operators who specialize in handicapped travel have to ensure that all needs are anticipated so that problems do not occur. It is best to rely on tour operators who are experienced in accessible travel rather than attempt to make bookings on one’s own because there are many problems one could encounter, especially in foreign countries where people are not fully sensitized to the needs of people with disabilities.

Hotels which have included disabled access as one of their amenities for handicapped travel are becoming more common today. If one chooses a tour which is especially designed for disabled travelers, one can anticipate that all particulars such as all the reserved hotels, bathrooms, flights, trains and bus include disability access. The group will also get special assistance with their wheelchairs whenever they use rail, ship or air transport so that they do not face any unexpected problems. These vacations are usually extremely well organized and vacationers on these tours can expect to have a great time participating. So pack your suitcase, your motorized wheelchair, get out your traveler wheelchair and get ready to have a wonderful vacation!

Where would you like to go and are you planning your next vacation? Let me know if any of you have found a great resource for accessible travel, hotels or tours.

Published by B. Cando on 01 Oct 2011

Choosing your motorized wheelchair

With so many different brands of motorized wheelchairs available, sometimes choosing the right one can seem overwhelming. There are a multitude of brands out there such as Pride Mobility, the Jazzy wheelchair, Quantum, Permobil and Levo.  If you are also concerned about the environment, you could even go for a solar powered wheelchair.  However, if you were to follow certain guidelines, and examine your needs and requirements and with the help of your medical professional, you can easily make the right decision without too much difficulty. It is very important that you do some preliminary research before you go about looking for a new power chair.  Remember, it must suit your physical needs, your body size and with all the extra accessories that will make life easier.

Regardless of whether you buy from a retailer or order at an online store, the first thing that you need to do is to identify the particular type of power chair that best suits your needs. I suggest that you make a list of your requirements. You can do this by considering certain key factors.  The first factor that you need to consider is to be the place where you will be actually using the wheelchair most often.   This is, of course, your home and you will have to take into consideration the dimensions of your home, your place of employment, the places you visit and if you plan to use the wheelchair out of doors often and over what kind of terrain. Remember, that some of the wheelchairs are geared more towards outdoor use, sidewalks, curbs, rough terrain, shopping malls, etc, while there are others more suited to using in your residence.

The next important aspect that you need to consider is the overall external width of the wheelchair. After all, if you want to use your chair inside your home, it should be able to pass through the narrowest doors and other tight corners. You should therefore take a close look at the width of the chair and also its maneuverability for angular turns around halls and between rooms.

The size of the wheelchair is also an important factor when buying a wheel chair.  You have to consider the size in order to make sure it can carry your height and weight.  The seat must fit and the wheelchair must be able to carry your weight.  On most wheelchairs, this can be adjusted somewhat but you will need to check out each particular model’s features.

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Another aspect that you need to consider is the transportability factor. If you are someone who frequently goes on long drives or travel , then it is always best that you go in for a model that can fold and fit inside the trunk your car or conveniently pack for airplane travel. The final factor that you need to consider is the weight of the chair. You should choose the optimum weight that you are comfortable with. Once you consider these factors choosing a wheelchair becomes a rather simple process of elimination.  Once you’ve got all the logistics of buying a motorized wheelchair and have decided on the brand, all you have to do is choose the color you want and most are available in an assortment of colors.  Add on some wheelchair accessories and you are all set to buy your new power chair.

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