Wheelchair Safety Advice from The Disability Resource Centre:
Winter is coming so now is the perfect time to start thinking about how you can stay safe when using your wheelchair this winter.
Here are a few points you might like consider if you are going to be travelling in your wheelchair this winter.
1. Plan your journey
When going on a journey no matter how far it is important to stay safe in your wheelchair in winter so plan your journey ahead of time.
Look at the weather predictions and available routes that you can travel. Choose where you want to go and figure out the safest method of reaching your destination when considering the weather reports.
This way, whilst the weather might not look terrible outside at the time you depart (it has a habit of changing), you can ensure that you are prepared for as many sudden changes as possible.
2. Pay attention to your surroundings
As you know, during winter the ground may be flooded, it may be icy or covered in snow.
Because of that, it is really important that you keep an eye out on your surroundings when you are travelling in your wheelchair. Obstacles like black ice can be hard to see, so bare this in mind when travelling.
3. Stock up
When you are out for the day and the weather has taken turned for the worse, it can be important to have some extra items with you. This can be helpful in the case of an emergency, as you won’t be stuck without the tools and items that you need.
Make batteries sure they are fully charged. It is also a good idea to bring snacks and drinks with you as well
We would also suggest that you pack enough medication so that you don’t have to worry about not having the right amount when you are out for the day.
4. Take some extra clothing
For example, take a waterproof capes or a wheelchair poncho to help to keep you comfortable and dry in bad weather.
Wearing some leather wheelchair gloves can also be a really good idea if you are using a manual wheelchair. This is especially true when you consider the potential for a very strong chill.
It may be of use to pack an extra jumper or coat.
5. Get your wheelchair serviced
It is a good to get your wheelchair serviced before the winter to make sure the batteries and brakes etc are working correctly. Contact our Service & Repair department for more information