Buying a Wheelchair for a Kid
by: Paul Hood
Why do people end up in wheelchairs? And what can be done to help them? Thousands of Americans are involved with spinal cord injuries each year which relegate them to a "chair bound' life. A small percentage of these "riders" have been born with conditions that led to this situation. While many of varying ages may be "chaired" who suffer a temporary loss of mobility. A common concern here is how to provide them with the right wheelchair – particularly children.
There are several factors to be considered when looking for the best suited wheelchair but a basic principle to be kept in mind is that a wheelchair is designed to enhance a patient's mobility. If the case is otherwise, then something is terribly wrong.
A fact to be taken into account also is the chair's dimensions. It should provide enough seating space for the occupant making him comfortably seated. It is not good to sit on something that feels like it's giving you a bear hug. Only it is sideways. I'd definitely get pressure sores all over if I were to sit on that thing.
The selection of your kid's wheelchair involves factors such as transportation. A fundamental issue that has to be resolved here is how to move the chair to and fro a school or maybe a church. Decide which type of wheelchair is best suited for your situation. A mobile child will have to make use of a lightweight chair that is best suited for its young occupant. Then there also is the lifestyle and environment factor. You may opt for a chair that is most aligned for your child's interest. If he is into sports, then take one that is built for the rugged requirements of the event he is in. The environment will also dictate what type of chair you are to choose.
The conglomeration of these factors and other possible ones will be of great help when you finally take into consideration the financial aspect of acquiring a wheelchair. If you can make a good mix out of all these, then well and good. Making the right decision is greatly enhanced by making a sound plan of all factors that are involved.
Many people suffer from injuries and inborn deficiencies that put them to a life in wheelchairs. Their body is broken as well as their spirit and giving them the best equipment for recuperation will certainly help in their overall well-being.
About The Author
Ariel Velasco goes by the author alias of Paul Hood. This author is into books and writing. Reading is an essential part of his life and this has lent a considerable influence in his writing. Well traveled and would always want to travel more. He loves learning more about people and their ways. Took up a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology to further this fascination and had a fulfilling educational experience having been exposed to a wide spectrum of people. Always ready for new opportunities to learn and have a great deal of interest in different fields of expertise.
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This article was posted on February 18, 2005
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