Posted on 22/07/2015

How to enjoy Summer with your wheelchair or wheeled walking aid

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How to enjoy Summer with your wheelchair or wheeled walking aid

Many of us enjoy day trips to our favourite places, especially when the warm weather sets in, but if your level of mobility has reduced, and you rely on a wheelchair or wheeled walking aid, getting out and about may seem like a chore.

The key is to enjoy taking time to plan your trip; decide where you are going, how long you will be away from home and what you need to take with you to make sure your journey is pleasurable.

Research your destination - is it wheelchair accessible?

  • Are you able to park close to where you are going – do you have a blue badge?
  • Find out if there is a mobility aid scheme at your destination, such as scooter hire
  • Are there refreshments and toilets readily available?
  • If you have planned a picnic, is there seating available if you are not able to sit on the ground?
  • Make an itinerary of how you wish to spend your day
  • Public places have to be accessible to use by anyone - including those with a wheelchair and wheeled walking aid

Travelling in the car

Getting in and out of the car may be getting more difficult, but there are several travel aids that can help.

  • A handy bar provides additional support to help reduce strain to your back and legs
  • A car caddie is an easy-fit strap that clips to the car door
  • A turning disc will make it easier to get your legs in and out of the car
  • You could also try a leg lifter to help with getting in and out of the car

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If you use a mobility aid such as a wheelchair or wheeled walking aid you may need to consider how easy it is to get in the car.

  • Does it fold to a compact, manageable size?
  • How heavy is it to lift?
  • Will your wheelchair or wheeled walking aid fit into the car boot alongside your shopping? Remember, you’ll need to be able to get it out of the boot without moving everything else first

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There are lots of ways you can continue to enjoy getting out and about with your wheelchair or wheeled walking aid – it’s just a matter of carefully planning your journey and adapting your lifestyle to take your changed circumstances into consideration.

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