Various Types Of Wheelchairs

Filed under: Used Wheelchairs - 26 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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Various Types Of Wheelchairs

Various Types Of Wheelchairs. -- Wheelchairs are wheeled mobility devices in which someone sits. A wheelchair can be propelled manually or via several automated systems and is used by people who cannot walk or for whom is impossible to walk due to illness, disability or injury.

Such devices are great as they help people be more independent and mobile. Nonetheless, a wheelchair costs pretty much, so people have started to buy used wheelchairs because they save money.

 

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There are a few things that may affect the durability of an used wheelchair such as the new user’s terrain, physical capabilities and limitations, as well as weight and width.

Since wheelchairs are individually tailored by doctors, they shouldn’t be resold, but due to the harsh state of the economy, many people buy them to save money, mainly if they use them only for a short period of time and there are lots of “Used Wheelchair for Sale” ads found at local hospitals, on websites, newsletters, at the independent living centre, rehabilitation departments or local disability organisations.

 

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There are various types of wheelchairs such as:

  • manual wheelchairs -- are propelled by the owner by pushing on round bars that surround the wheels
  • sports wheelchairs are specially designed for playing sports, being very ultra lightweight and stable
  • electric wheelchairs are propelled by a motor and battery, being very sophisticated, featuring push buttons or a joy stick. Plus, some models can climb stairs, raise up and also  move across gravel
  • pediatric wheelchairs are in electric and manual form and are smaller. They are also adjustable, allowing the user to stand or sit.
  • 3 wheeled wheelchairs are used in racing wheelchairs, but also in other sports and even everyday purposes, being more manoeuvrable and stable
  • standing wheelchairs support the user in a standing position and can be used as a wheelchair and as a standing frame if the user wants to sit or stand in his wheelchair
  • beach wheelchairs allow people to enter the water. Such wheelchairs have a great mobility in the sand and there are many models available

 

If you also need a wheelchair and an used one would be better, you have to know that used wheelchairs don’t have transferable warranties.

Additionally, don’t trust used wheelchairs ads that appear in pawn shops, in newspapers as there is no professional standard.

 

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There are many advantages and disadvantages of used wheelchairs such as:

 

Advantages

  • lower costs
  • immediate ownership
  • no need for insurance
  • haggle for a lower price

 

Disadvantages

  • no detailed inspection
  • no customizing
  • scams
  • shipping fees
  • no try before buying

There are many things you should take into consideration when you buy used wheelchairs and one of the most important things is how will the wheelchair be used. So, think very well if buying an used wheelchair is convenient for you indeed.

 

Various Types Of Wheelchairs

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Inmates Are Reconditioning Used Wheel Chairs for Charity

Filed under: Used Wheel Chairs - 17 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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Inmates Are Reconditioning Used Wheel Chairs for Charity

Inmates Are Reconditioning Used Wheel Chairs for Charity. -- Do you have a wheelchair you do not use anymore and you do not know what to do with it? Why not donate it to a charity organisation? There are many charities that repair used wheelchairs and offer them to children or adults who suffer from disabilities or terminal illnesses. Moreover, if you donate the wheelchair, the organisation will provide you with a receipt you can eventually deduct from your taxes.

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You might think that it is challenging to find an organisation which will accept a donation under the form of a wheelchair. The good news is that you can find an extensive list of charities online. If you would like to make such a donation, then just contact the organisations by e-mail or telephone. Everyone can donate a wheelchair. With the help of used wheelchairs, they provide a means of mobility to confined individuals who are otherwise without hope of a reasonable quality of life. Here is an interesting story related to this subject.

One of the inmates from Colorado Rockies has come up with an activity that helped pass his time easier between the four walls of his cells. Jerry Madrid rebuilt a rusted wheelchair for shipment to a disabled person in Qingdao, China. He stated that he actually liked the idea of being able to help somebody to get around life. His own mobility is limited by the walls of a medium security prison in Colorado Rockies.

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Jerry Madrid claims he is sorry for the things he did. He even passed up a $600 a month job in the Buena Vista Correctional Facility’s trout hatchery in order to continue with his rebuilding wheelchairs for charity. Hearing about this, the warden of the facility decided to start a collaboration with a charity organisation called Wheels for the World. The inmates would recondition used wheel chairs and afterwards they would be shipped to China. This collaboration even made it on the cover of many newspapers from all around the world.

The director of the aforementioned charity stated that there are more than 28 million people in the third world, who are in desperate need for wheelchairs. This is just one side of the story. On the other side, in the United States alone more than one million wheelchairs are thrown out as trash or stored in attics or garages. However, as wheelchairs waste mounts by the day, a new wheelchair recycling movement is taking root.

There are more and more centres where people can come and leave their used wheelchairs, in exchange for a modest sum of money, or for free if they wish. As surprising as it may seem, inmates from prisons all over the States are working to strip down wheelchairs. With rust sanded off, wheel bearing repaired, spokes tightened, and brakes repaired, the wheelchairs look as though they had come out directly from the production assembly line.

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Wheels For Humanity

Filed under: Donating Used Wheel Chairs - 03 Jul 2012  | Spread the word !

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Wheels For Humanity. -- If you are living in the United States of America and you were wondering what is that you can do with the used wheel chairs you have at home, welcome to our website! We can indicate you what you can do with these objects that may not be useful to you anymore. No matter how you got to have them, the important thing is not to keep them if you do not need them. You can donate them and make someone happy because not everyone who needs a wheelchair affords one. One of the organizations involved in gathering wheel chairs that are used already is UCP Wheels For Humanity. This is located in North Hollywood, California and accepts wheel chairs as a donation. The chairs are refurbished and they are sent to children and adults living in developing nations, people who suffer of cerebral palsy. UCP Wheels For Humanity has health associations as partners to make sure that the wheel chairs get to be used by people that really need them. Before being sent, the chairs are fitted for the individuals that will use them.

There are many disabled people around the world and this organization does the best to make sure that wheel chairs get to be used by people who really need them and do not afford to buy them. In many of the countries where these chairs are sent, people who cannot walk need to crawl or to be carried, so the chairs that they receive are a real blessing. UCP Wheels For Humanity delivered wheel chairs in over 66 countries all over the world, to people who could not buy these for themselves and needed them as a donation.

The organization exists since 1996 and accepts used wheel chairs as a donation because these are really useful. More than 50,000 people received wheel chairs through the programs of UCP Wheels For Humanity. All the work is done by more than 600 of volunteers from all over the world. If you want to give a hand and to help people who do not have mobility, donate the wheel chairs you do not use, even if they are not brand new. You can also support the organization by donating money and making a change in the lives of people who need wheel chairs to obtain a freedom that you naturally have.

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