After what seemed like a never-ending harsh winter for many of us across the US, summertime is upon us! Thanks to new products offered by cutting edge companies, there is a wide variety of gear available for wheelchair users to be able to take advantage of all that summer has to offer! Check out some unique products promoting mobility in the summertime for wheelchair users below.
Going to the beach?
Check out the beach wheelchair! Many resorts have beach wheelchairs available for use or rental for patrons during their visits. Most beach wheelchairs come in a standard size with large rubberized wheels that can easily navigate over the sand, allowing you to reach the water unlike a traditional wheelchair with wheels that will only sink in and get you stuck. Check out this example from Active Forever http://www.activeforever.com/vsteel-de-bug-beach-wheelchair?gclid=CjkKEQjw_N-cBRD2k73X3OjJ8eMBEiQAbdPicwiEH6yMPr_QOLXZJOfSM4C4dCDp-q6AHgcQKlUXPoHw_wcB#.U5j9Drsg-W8
Trying to stay dry during summer rain showers?
Try WeatherChaps, a waterproof lap cover that allows wheelchair users to keep their lower body dry during heavy showers. It fits snugly around your legs and feet but is made out of a soft, comfortable material for optimal coziness. Check out the details from 1-800-Wheelchair http://www.1800wheelchair.com/asp/view-product.asp?product_id=3026
Can’t beat the heat?
Why not throw a cooling pad seat cushion on your chair in the summer months? There are lots of high end options made to fit your style of wheelchair, but there are several lower budget options that can be transfer from your chair, to a lawn seat, to a picnic table or used even in your own home. Like this cooling seat pad from amazon.com that cools you down quickly with no power needed http://www.amazon.com/Cool-Seat-Pad-Passive-Cooling/dp/B006OBM3NG
Stay cool and hydrated
It’s important to keep hydrated during the hot summer months and it’s important to keep your hands free so they are available to push yourself in your chair wherever you need to go. Explore a cup holder option for your wheelchair. Lots of rehab companies offer a huge variety of cup holders for mobility equipment including walkers and crutches. Start by checking out these http://www.1800wheelchair.com/asp/view-category-products.asp?category_id=617
Hungry for a picnic but too difficult to carry everything at once?
Look for a large tote bag made especially for your wheelchair. There are lots of large totes with easy Velcro closures that slip over the back push bars of a chair and even bags with several different pouches making it easy to access the items inside, that attach to the side of your chair. One unique option is this walker/wheelchair bag with lots of pockets for holding drinks and sandwiches http://www.1800wheelchair.com/asp/view-product.asp?product_id=2214
Now that your chair is decked out for beach runs, picnics, outdoor festivals and outdoor events, nothing should stop you from getting out there this summer! What are you most looking forward to this summer? Have you discovered any products that empower you to be more mobile or enhance your wheels during the summer months? Share in the comments!