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The term "permanent wheelchair ramp" is self-explanatory; "semi-permanent" means that it is assembled using bolts, which, of course, can be loosened so that ramp can be moved and used elsewhere. A portable ramp can be folded or rolled up and will have some kind of carrying case – one model has suitcase handles. Ramps can have such safety refinements as side rails and non-skid tracks. You can select portable ramps that are suitable for use with thresholds only or for use with minivans. Van ramps are less expensive than lifts, fold in half, and are stored vertically.
Wheelchair lifts will have either electrical or hydraulic operating systems. Hydraulic lifts have advantage of working even when there is a power outage, and they will provide a smooth and fluid ride. Electric lifts are cheaper, are quiet and comfortable, and can be fitted with automatic door openers and even telephone jacks. Make sure you choose one that has a battery for use in case of emergency. Stair lifts are very convenient and popular for home use and for accessing ordinary cars, and are easy for one person to operate. Automotive lifts can be quickly assembled and taken apart.
Other Wheelchair Accessories Provide Additional Comfort and Convenience
Wheelchairs provide independence and mobility, and, with right wheelchair accessories, will maximize comfort, convenience, safety, and quality of life. These items might include:
1. Mounting systems for communication devices and laptop computers 2. Restraint systems for securing your chair in order to transport it in a car or a van 3. Adjustable hand controls and driving controls 4. Support aids: * to help in sitting upright * to prevent slipping from side to side * to support head * to elevate legs 5. Wheelchair locks and covers 6. Protective pads for arms, elbows and legs, and gloves for hands and cushions for back 7. Voice activated wheelchair controls
Take Advantage of Easy Online Shopping
Compare costs and find best price for right product online. Whether you need a wheelchair ramp and accessories, or equipment for adapting your chair for growth or loss of body strength or mobility, Internet can be your best source of product information and cost comparison. Technology is always changing, and there are new products available to make your life easier every year, no matter what medical problems you have. Order replacement parts for your chair, such as batteries, tires, and wheels, as well as new or old and familiar products with confidence from convenience of your home. We can help keep you independent and on move with wheelchair accessories that are just right for you.
Laura Gray is currently freelance writing and enjoys providing information and moneysaving tips to consumers who are in the market for a wheelchair or wheelchair accessories.