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Rachel Jenkins

Thinking of getting your first lightweight wheelchair?

For many of us, losing the ability to be independent due to a lack of mobility is daunting at the best of times. Unfortunately, getting older is a fact of life, and with that comes the chance that your legs will not work as well as they once used to. However, this is no reason to give up your independence. Self-propelled lightweight wheelchairs could be the perfect solution for you. Not only will you be able to go outside for longer periods of time than your legs would allow, but they are easily foldable enabling you to go for a drive with your wheelchair conveniently stored in the boot of your car. Maybe you want to visit the seaside with a relative, or you’ve been trying to go away for the weekend but felt as if you couldn’t, because you rely too heavily on other people. Now is the time for all of this to change, and you have the power to change it. All you need is a wheelchair.

Where can I get one from?

Depending on your circumstances you could well be eligible for a wheelchair on the NHS. If you are not sure if you would be entitled to any help with regard to getting a wheelchair, it is probably best if you book an appointment with your doctor to discuss your options. They will be able to inform you properly and point you in the right direction. There are also several charities that will offer wheelchairs in certain situations. Your doctor will be able to advise you on these as well.

If you are not able to receive any help in getting a wheelchair do not panic. You can purchase them for yourself from several different places either online or in person. There are different types of wheelchairs for you to choose from, so you can ensure you get the best one suited to your needs as well. Price will vary with styling, so you need to consider how much time will be spent in your wheelchair. If it isn’t going to be very much, then you might look at the ultra-lightweight wheelchairs that are available.

Adapting to life in a wheelchair

Getting used to using a wheelchair can be difficult at the best of times. For some of you there will not be much of a lifestyle change, but for others the adjustment of day to day life will be difficult. Maintaining a positive mental attitude is key if you find it more challenging, as eventually you will notice the benefits outweighing the struggles as you seize your life back as a confident individual. Doing the food shopping will be a task you will be able to complete with ease once again, or maybe you have a dog and are excited about being able to take him/her for walks like you used to.

Regardless of what your reasons are for thinking about getting your first wheelchair, one thing remains certain. You will start to feel empowered again.