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The Lowdown on Transit Wheelchairs

There are certain things to take into consideration when travelling with a wheelchair user. After all, some chairs are too bulky to be loaded onto planes, coaches or trains at the last minute and must be taken to the baggage area ahead of time. The staff will often then provide a transit wheelchair in order to allow wheelchair users to navigate the surroundings safely, or the user may wish to bring their own. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about transit wheelchairs…

A transit wheelchair, also known as a transport wheelchair, is a type of chair that is designed for use while travelling in order to make the whole process much smoother. Since an attendant usually propels the chair, the rear wheels tend to be much smaller so that the carer can assemble and disassemble it quicker and easier. With this said, there are self-propelled transit wheelchairs on the market for those who want to retain as much independence as possible when travelling.

Many wheelchair users tend to option for a transit wheelchair when travelling by boat, plane or train because they are much lighter than certain alternatives. In fact, they can be easily folded in order to be stored during the journey too. Of course, this isn’t always possible for certain people because every condition is different and some users may rely on motorised chairs 24/7.

Luckily, the transport system has adapted considerably in order to accommodate transit wheelchairs, and wheelchairs in general. For instance, many trains and buses now have ramps for easy access and there are designated seating areas that wheelchair users are entitled to claim at all times. In addition to this, airports are also equipped with transport wheelchairs that flyers can use to get around if their own chair has been placed into the hold.

Here at Assurance Mobility, we stock a wide variety of wheelchairs, including transit chairs, in order to ensure that we are able to cater to the needs of every single one of our clients. After all, it is important that wheelchair users are able to travel in comfort. For

Everyday Items Adapted for Wheelchair Users

Here at Assurance Mobility, we recognise the importance of our mobility aids and how essential they are to the lives of our customers. After all, many wheelchair owners are reliant on a set of wheels in order to get from A to B in a safe yet independent manner. Society is even doing its part in order to ensure that wheelchair users are able to navigate busy city streets solo as there are a variety of everyday items that have been adapted specifically for the wheelchair market. Read on to find out more…

Tables/ Desks

Since many wheelchair users do not need a separate seat to sit at a table or desk, it is important that the height of these items can be adjusted according to their needs. After all, every wheelchair will differ in terms of size and shape which is why many users tend to opt for specialised desks in order to create a comfortable working environment.

Public Transport

Wheelchairs are much bigger than people tend to realise and that is why public transport like buses and trains have designated areas specifically for wheelchair users. These disability-friendly zones prevent able-bodied people from taking up valuable space when standing up as they are required to move when a wheelchair user gets on board. In addition to this, there are also specialised seats on trains that have a table mounted in the air where wheelchair users can sit without having to get in and out of their chair.

Prams

Every parent wants to feel the joy of pushing their child in a pram, however, the majority of designs are manufactured with able-bodied people in mind, which means that the handles are often too high for wheelchair users. Wheelchair-adapted prams are adjusted in order to allow users to attach their chair to the pram so that they can safely manoeuvre independently with their child just like everybody else.

Although society has a lot of catching up to do in terms of accessibility, it is safe to say that we are heading in the right direction. After all, the Equality Act 2010 made the implementation of ramps and wheelchair lifts a compulsory feature in public buildings like shopping centres and pubs. With this said, the attitude towards wheelchair users isn’t always positive as it should be with able-bodied people still standing in wheelchair designated seating sometimes. For all your wheelchairs Oldham needs, get in contact with a member of the Assurance Mobility team today!

How to Safely Disinfect Your Wheelchair

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage on, cleanliness has never been more important in order to prevent the spread of germs. After all, those with certain disabilities are more at risk of contracting the virus. Since wheelchair users come into constant contact with their chair when outdoors, it may be wise to get into a regular habit of cleaning and disinfecting every evening. Read on as we over a few top tips…

Cleaning vs Disinfecting

Many people are unaware that cleaning and disinfecting are two very different things. After all, the former removes dirt such a dust from surfaces but it doesn’t kill any germs. Of course, this will decrease the number of germs and help reduce the spread of any viruses, however it is disinfection that actually kills the microorganisms that cause both infections and viruses. This is carried out through the use of chemical products. Similarly, disinfecting doesn’t provide a cleaning approach, however it does reduce the number of germs that are lingering on a surface at any given time.

Top Tips

Wheelchairs are a carrier for germs because they are in contact with the outside world at all times, and the user has to touch their chair in order to manoeuvre it. As a result, users should ensure that they disinfect their wheelchair after each outdoor adventure in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. This can be done by using a disinfectant solution that contains at least 70% alcohol; users should leave it on the surface for around 15 minutes for wiping it away with a cloth. When disinfecting, it is important to pay close attention to the wheels on self-propelled chairs and the joystick on electric chairs.

Thing to Avoid

Although the majority of products are safe to use on a wheelchair, there are certain ingredients that should be avoided. For example, solvents, bleaches, abrasives, synthetic detergents, wax enamels, and sprays should not be used on a wheelchair because they will likely cause lasting damage to its exterior. In addition to this, water should be used carefully around electric wheelchairs in order to prevent damage to the motor, and every chair should be dried thoroughly after it has been disinfected in order to ensure safety at all times.

Here at Assurance Mobility, we prioritise the safety of our clients at every opportunity. In fact, our wheelchairs are designed and manufactured with the very best attention to detail as we know how important quality and durability are when investing in a mobility aid. To find out more information about COVID-19 safety and how to disinfect your wheelchair, get in contact with the best wheelchairs Manchester has to offer and speak to a member of the Assurance Mobility team today!

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The Lowdown on Transit Wheelchairs

There are certain things to take into consideration when travelling with a wheelchair user. After all, some chairs are too bulky to be loaded onto planes, coaches or trains at the last minute and must be taken to the baggage area ahead of time. The staff will often then provide a transit wheelchair in order to allow wheelchair users to navigate the surroundings safely, or the user may wish to bring their own. Read on as we go over everything there is to know about transit wheelchairs…

A transit wheelchair, also known as a transport wheelchair, is a type of chair that is designed for use while travelling in order to make the whole process much smoother. Since an attendant usually propels the chair, the rear wheels tend to be much smaller so that the carer can assemble and disassemble it quicker and easier. With this said, there are self-propelled transit wheelchairs on the market for those who want to retain as much independence as possible when travelling.

Many wheelchair users tend to option for a transit wheelchair when travelling by boat, plane or train because they are much lighter than certain alternatives. In fact, they can be easily folded in order to be stored during the journey too. Of course, this isn’t always possible for certain people because every condition is different and some users may rely on motorised chairs 24/7.

Luckily, the transport system has adapted considerably in order to accommodate transit wheelchairs, and wheelchairs in general. For instance, many trains and buses now have ramps for easy access and there are designated seating areas that wheelchair users are entitled to claim at all times. In addition to this, airports are also equipped with transport wheelchairs that flyers can use to get around if their own chair has been placed into the hold.

Here at Assurance Mobility, we stock a wide variety of wheelchairs, including transit chairs, in order to ensure that we are able to cater to the needs of every single one of our clients. After all, it is important that wheelchair users are able to travel in comfort. For

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