With warmer weather spreading throughout the country, many companies are taking notice of the desires of wheelchair users to get outdoors and enjoy the springtime! Activities like gardening, walking, wheelchair hiking or just enjoying a nice spring day are past times all of us enjoy. Check out the products below that make life a little easier for wheelchair users to participate in some of these activities as the winter snow melts away and the sunshine starts to come out:
Wheelchair gardening tools:
Have a garden that you would like to start or maybe a community garden you wish you could be involved with but bending over in your wheelchair often makes it difficult to get your hands into the dirt. S&S Worldwide, an online store, now offers a gardening kit for wheelchair users featuring shorter handles to allow individuals from a seated position to more easily reach the dirt. The set comes with a shovel, hoe and rake for just $24.99.
Wheelchair Ponchos: The melting snow and rainy spring weather can make it a challenge for wheelchair users to get outdoors in the wet, damp spring time. Why not try a wheelchair poncho? Epiphany Designs makes several options available to wheelchair users which cover the majority of the body when in a seated position to protect not only your upper body but your legs and arms from the wet weather that often creeps up from your wheels. The ponchos come in fleece and rain coat options as well as a sweater coat, shawl, and sleeveless poncho designs.
Take a look here: http://www.epiphanydesign.ca/
Freedomryder Hand Cycle Looking to be more active this spring or take on some outdoor activity? A handcycle is a great option for people with limited mobility. Freedomryder sells several designs, making it easy to find an option that will work for you. While the price tag of a freedomryder bike is a bit of an investment (products range from $2,000 - $7,000), it is an investment that will last season after season. If not willing to shell out as much cash and just want to try out hand cycling, check your local bike shops and ask if they have a hand cycle that you can check out for the day. Take it to a park to try it out!
Freedomryders designs can be viewed online here: http://www.freedomryder.com/products.htm.
So what are you waiting for? Spring time is waiting for you! Get out there! What’s your favorite outdoor activity in the spring time? Share in the comments!
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