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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:13 pm    Post subject: Rod-Brindamour-Jersey Reply with quote

Powered wheelchairs help thousands of people in the UK to stay mobile and enjoy as full a life as possible. Some people with long-term disabilities can manage well with standard wheelchairs. However , this is not the case for everyone. Certain conditions like, MS, lead to muscle weakness meaning that manually powering a wheelchair is not possible.

A Short History of Powered Wheelchairs

Many people do not realise that powered wheelchairs have only been available for just over 70 years. The first powered wheelchair was made by the prolific Canadian inventor George J. Klein. In the 1940s, he was moved by the plight of injured soldiers returning home. Some were quadriplegics who could not operate a manual wheelchair.

Mr Klein realised that if he could come up with a powered wheelchair he could considerably improve their life. Pushing a wheelchair is very tiring and there are many places it is not practical to use one. Powering the wheelchair meant that quadriplegics could go more places, because their carers would not have to push them. It made getting about far easier and more practical.

Modern Powered Wheelchairs

Over the years electric wheelchairs have evolved. They have become lighter, sturdier, more stable, and can now cover much longer distances than they once did. Today , it is possible to buy a powered wheelchair that is tailored to the exact needs of the user. Some are designed specifically for quadriplegics. These can be operated and controlled in a variety of ways, for example using sip and puff controls or tongue controls. This allows quadriplegics to manoeuvre around their homes without help and to go out should they want to.
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