Keeping your loved one safe is the most important thing whether it’s the middle of summer or the dead of winter. However, winter can bring with it some specific challenges for people who need wheelchairs, so we’re going to go through some of the ways you can keep your loved one safe when the weather outside is frightful.
Make Sure the Wheelchair is in Good Working Order
Though this tip isn’t just for the winter, it can be particularly important for dealing with difficult terrain like snow. Before the snow falls for the first time, you should make sure that the wheelchair itself is operating as it should. Loose wheels, worn out seating, malfunctioning wheel locks, or any other issue with a wheelchair can lead to a diminished ability to operate it, which can lead to injury for the wheelchair user or for pedestrians. If you suspect something is amiss with your loved one’s wheelchair, we can check it out and repair it. We can also replace the wheelchair if you think it’s time for an upgrade.
Keep Your Loved One Cozy and Warm
Winter can be challenging for seniors and those who live with chronic disease. Cold temperatures and dry air can cause a lot of discomfort and, in some cases, pain to your loved one, so make sure they’re nice and warm. Wheelchair users should be outfitted with a good coat, a scarf, gloves, and other usual winter gear. You can also wrap them in a blanket for added comfort and warmth.
Clear the Way for Your Loved One
If you’re caring for someone that needs a wheelchair, make sure that snow and ice are cleared around their home so they can maneuver safely. There are Wheelblades available that can help transform a wheelchair into a more snow-friendly vehicle which can also be helpful. Otherwise, just make sure that important pathways are cleared of snow and have some ice-melt scattered across them to keep them safe. If you’re worried about the ice-melt hurting local animals or the environment, don’t worry. There are a lot of pet-safe snow melts that you can use.
Freedom Mobility is Your Home for Wheelchairs!
If you need a new wheelchair, wheelchair repair, or accessories, then come and visit Freedom Mobility. Our showroom is chock full of amazing options that will change the way you handle your mobility needs. If you have questions, give us a call today at (443) 445-3518 and we can discuss your situation and your needs.