If this will be your first summer in a wheelchair, you may not know how to protect yourself from summer mishaps. Issues relating to heat and maintenance can cause serious problems during the summer months, especially if you're not prepared. Here are four simple tips that will help you avoid those problems this summer.
1. Protect Your Hands
If you're going to be out in the heat, you need to protect your hands. Those rubber wheels can get quite hot, especially when the sun is beating down on them. Unfortunately, without the proper protection, your hands are at risk for serious burns and blisters. To ensure the proper level of protection, always wear gloves when you go outside during the summer. The layer of protection will help you avoid burns and blisters. Not only that, but the gloves will help you keep sweat off the palms of your hands. Sweaty palms can make it nearly impossible for you to get a good grasp of your wheels.
2. Cool Your Seat
If you'll be spending a lot of time outside this summer, invest in a cooling pad for your seat. The summer heat can increase the temperature of your wheelchair seat, which increases your risk of heat-related issues. To help cool you down, use a cooling pad for your wheelchair seat whenever you head outside.
3. Bring Extra Batteries
If you have an electric wheelchair, don't forget the extra batteries. Charging stations aren't always easy to find, especially while you're at places like the local park, lake or beach. Reduce your risk of being stranded with a dead battery by starting each day with a fully charged battery. In addition to the charged battery, always carry at least one spare battery pack in your vehicle. That way, you can change out your battery, should the need arise. Be sure to charge your primary and secondary batteries once you get home.
4. Consider a Rental
If you'll be going to the beach this summer, consider a rental chair. Many beaches have specially designed beach wheelchairs available for daily rentals. These specially designed wheelchairs have larger wheels that allow for easier use in sandy conditions. Not only will a rental chair allow you to enjoy easier access to the beach but also help protect your own chair from sand and water damage.
Don't let wheelchair problems sideline you this summer. Use the tips provided here to avoid summer-related wheelchair problems.