Winter Preparedness Tips for Individuals with Limited Mobility

December 23rd, 2012 | Posted by EvanS in Uncategorized

Winter Preparedness Tips for
Individuals with Limited Mobility

Before winter weather arrives, plan ahead so you can comfortably and safely carry on in the cold, icy and snowy conditions. Along with preparing for the winter season, general upkeep of your equipment throughout the season can help preserve it for years to come.

-  Individuals using wheelchairs can wrap a small blanket around their legs to keep them warm.  Be sure to tuck in the sides of the blanket to prevent it from being caught in the wheels while in motion.

- For better traction, wheelchair users may consider purchasing pneumatic tires for better traction. Standard dirt bicycle tires may also be an alternative solution.

- Wipe down any metal surfaces on equipment as soon as possible after returning home. This will prevent rusting and prolong the life of your equipment.

- Heavy, strenuous wheeling when traveling through snow could lead to a heart attack or stroke.

- Freezing rain can stick to surfaces such as canes, walkers, and wheelchairs. Use gripped gloves to keep your hands warm and to prevent slipping.

- On ramps and walkways, use table salt or clay cat litter. Rock salt can be harmful or even poisonous to assistance animals and may also be slippery.

- If you use an assistance dog, get a dog coat to place under the harness, and consider getting boots for the paws to prevent frostbite.

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