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What are Disabled Car Seat Conversions?

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The swivel seats are capable of moving you gently and carefully from your wheelchair into the comfort of a car seat. Swivel seats can aid people with getting in and out of a vehicle easier. This system is vital in everyday life for so many people, it enables them to have full independence. There are a lot more seat conversions than you would first believe, they are designed for freedom and mobility to those who find it challenging to get in and out of vehicles.

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Most Popular Hand Controls in the UK

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Hand controls allow a car to be driven without using the foot pedals. Hand controls are generally used in combination with steering aids, permitting the driver to steer using the left hand, while functioning the acceleration and braking using the right hand. With each of the following systems in the car, it can still be driven using the pedals and standard controls. If the driver can’t operate the vehicle with the foot pedals, then the vehicle being modified and substituted with hand controls will enable the driver to gain back some of their freedom.

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How Wheelchair Hoists Benefit Disabled Drivers

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We believe that driving with adaptions can make a large difference to a person’s lifestyle and will enable them to drive where it wouldn’t have been possible without the adaptions. We trust that the best and safest way to lift your wheelchair or mobility scooter into the car boot is with a stowage system. Most options of the stowage systems work by a touch of a button, therefore, taking all pressure off of the person’s back lifting the wheelchair into the boot as they can weigh up to 250 pounds.

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Mobility cars | Driving with adaptations

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Driving adaptions can make an enormous difference to your independence and motoring experience. The Mobility Scheme offers hundreds of adaptions ranging from simple driving controls to hoists to lift a wheelchair user into an ordinary car. All adaptions are designed to make your driving or travelling experience as comfortable as possible and depending on which adaptions you choose, they can either help you drive, store your wheelchair, or get in and out of the car with ease. Here are some adaptions that are available in your car, just to list a few:

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The history of the wheelchair

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There are a lot of ways in which inventions have improved people’s lives, especially for elderly people and those living with physical disabilities. For anyone who has lost the ability to walk, the wheelchair has proved to be a life-changing invention. If you have or care for someone who has limited mobility and lack a wheelchair it can make life incredibly difficult. We all know the importance of the wheelchairs but how many people know how this useful equipment came to be and how it’s evolved? As much it’s considered to be an invention of the modern times, the idea of the wheelchair can be traced back to several thousand years ago. Here’s a brief history of the wheelchair.

Early wheelchair developments

As it’s commonly said, necessity is the mother of all inventions, and this is true for the development of the first wheelchairs too. The wheelchairs that were first developed were repurposed wheelbarrows. According to Chinese records all the way from the second century, it’s been found out that people with disabilities were transported using a farm tool that was rather common. Many centuries of innovation passed, and Chinese art began to show images of wheelchairs that were specifically meant for people.

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The ‘invalid chair’

As much as the Chinese are recorded as the first to come up with wheeled transportation for people with disabilities, an invention that would lead to the modern wheelchair device was sparked by a European King, who was disabled. The king of Spain who was known as King Philip II used what was then referred to as an ‘invalid chair’, that had leg rests and adjustable arms. The name of the inventor disappeared in history but his inspiration still lives on.

Self-propulsion

Stephen Farfler, a 22-year-old German paraplegic watchmaker came up with a wheelchair with 3 wheels to aid him in his motion. This was in the mid-17th Century. The feature that set his invention apart is a handle that was self-propelling. This feature eliminated the need for a caretaker or servant for transportation.

The bath chair

A single century after the Farfler’s innovation, a bath chair was invented. The bath chair was invented by James Heath, who was from Bath. This was a plush chair that had a folding hood that was mounted on either 3 or 4 wheels. It was meant to be drawn with a donkey or a horse. However, it had a lever for enabling the rider to change direction. In the year 1783, John Dawson, an English inventor came up with a version of the bath chair that was commercially viable. Though there were other wheelchair versions at the time, the bath chair was the one that was preferred by most.

Push rim wheelchairs

Through to the mid-19th century, the bath chair dominated the market but as much as it was luxurious, it was uncomfortable, depended on others for movement and was also heavy. Later in the 19th century, rubber wheels were added that had push rims. This brought back the self-propulsion.

The folding wheelchair

In the year 1932, Harold Jennings, an American engineer came up with a steel-framed wheelchair for his friend Herbert Everest. This wheelchair was collapsible, and they improved on it and went ahead to produce it en masse after starting their own company known as Everest & Jennings.

The motorised wheelchair

With the improvement of the self-propelled, foldable wheelchairs, the lives of people with limited mobility became better and better throughout the 20th century. The Everest & Jennings Company came up with a wheelchair to help people with limited strength of the upper body. It was a motorised wheelchair. An inventor from Canada then came up with an invention of a wheelchair with powerful control of motor and joystick. The inventor was known as George Klein.

 

 

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What are wheelchair hoists and how do they work?

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Wheelchair hoists are vehicle adaptations that are useful in making it very easy to have wheelchairs loaded into the car. The wheelchairs are often loaded into the luggage compartment of a van, passenger car, a small hatchback or a station wagon. The wheelchair hosts can be used for loading either mechanical or electric wheelchairs into the vehicles. Most of these can be used for loaded both the two models of the wheelchairs. The wheelchair loading hoists, as such, help save the work done by family, handicapped assistants or accompanying persons. It may or may not have a removable arm lacking a wire connection to the vehicle. Continue reading →

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How Vehicle adaptations can improve quality of life

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There are many vehicle adaptations available in the market today. Almost every person with special needs is now able to find an adaption that can be made in their vehicles to make everyday tasks like going to the shops more accessible. As a result, most individuals with special needs are becoming more and more independent when it comes to travelling in vehicles. All a person has to do is seek for which adaptation they need and which will suit their personal driving requirements. They will soon be off to a great start to a better and more fulfilling quality of life. The following are the major ways in which the vehicle adaptations can improve a person’s quality of life:   Continue reading →

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How To Choose The Right Wheelchair For You

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Mobility devices like a wheelchair are extremely important to people with disability or mobility issues. A good wheelchair offers optimal pressure relief and comfort. Continue reading →

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Types of steering wheel aids

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There are people with special needs and don’t have enough upper body strength to be able to drive or pilot their vehicles. Neither do they have the dexterity to do the work of controlling a vehicle using the steering wheels. However, today there are several vehicle adaptations on the steering wheel that makes it both safer and easier for such people to their vehicles. There are numerous products made to suit drivers with different unique needs. Hence, whether you’re a driver with limited mobility or are a senior, it’s simple to find the right steering wheel aid for you to be able to get on the road quickly go for your next adventure safely. The main steering wheel aids include the following: Continue reading →

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What vehicle hand control adaptations are available for disabled drive

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There’s nothing as refreshing to a disabled person as being able to drive their own cars to work, school shopping or other everyday activities that require one to drive. In order to help such drivers to gain this benefit, there have been a number of vehicle adaptations developed in the market. With these, every disabled person is able to find absolutely whatever they need to be able to drive. The following are the hand control adaptations available today: Continue reading →

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