With the winter months quickly approaching, the weather this season brings with it can prove to be dangerous to those with physical challenges. It’s important for patients and their caregivers to be aware of the potential dangers colder weather may bring, specifically to those confined to a wheelchair. Road & Travel Magazine shares a few helpful tips for overcoming these challenges.
- Use the buddy system. Have a friend or family member travel with you when it’s snowing or while there is snow or sleet on the ground. Doing so makes you less likely to slip when transferring into a mobility vehicle or going into a store. Keep someone nearby to help out during the winter months to ensure your safety and comfort in your travels, whether you’re going to the store or to a friend’s house.
- Prepare, prepare, prepare. Many wheelchair and scooter users own mobility vehicles that they can drive. If you are one of those drivers, there are several things to consider during the winter time. The snow may be beautiful, but it can also be inconvenient and dangerous when it comes to driving. Whether the forecast calls for heavy rain, lake effect snow or ice, you should always feel safe and secure driving your wheelchair-accessible vehicle.
- Check for snow or puddles. If you have to back your wheelchair or scooter through the snow or a puddle, be sure to do it slowly so you don’t splash yourself or the scooter and ramp.
- Keep an emergency kit. In addition to an old towel, keep essentials such as a light blanket, some bottled water, a cell phone charger and a fully-charged battery for your scooter. In addition, keep an extra bottle of wiper fluid and make sure you have half a tank of gas at all times to ensure your safety in the event that gas stations are closed. These items will keep you safe and secure throughout the winter time and even into the spring.
If you or your loved one is in need of a new wheelchair, Methodist Healthcare now offers power wheelchairs. Power wheelchairs provide the ultimate combination of style, comfort and safety for people on the go! For ordering information, or to learn more about referral criteria, call Methodist Home Medical Equipment at (901) 516-1999.
Adult and pediatric standard wheelchairs are also available through the Methodist Home Medical Online Store. Click here for complete product and ordering information of standard wheelchairs.
Methodist Home Medical Equipment
Phone: (901) 516-1999
Fax: (901) 382-1979
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