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The 3 Big Benefits of Outdoor Wheelchairs

May 26, 2016 -
outdoors adventure in a wheelchair

A wheelchair might not be the first thing to come to mind when you start thinking about your summer adventures. Surely a mobility scooter, with their larger frames and tyres, are the perfect outdoor aid for those who worry about their mobility? While scooters are indeed terrific for outdoor use, they aren't going to offer you much in the way of transportability, which can be a key requirement for those of you who want to take plenty of day trips with friends and family over the next few months. Instead, you're better off looking at outdoor wheelchairs.

Cleverly designed to offer benefits on par with scooters but in a compact package, they could make all the difference to your summer. And, considering how affordable they are, you might want to consider getting hold of one as a companion to a mobility scooter you already own, or to take the load off if you get tired using a basic walking aid. So, what do you get with outdoor wheelchairs?

1. Comfort

If you've ever tried sitting in a travel or transit wheelchair as you ride over rough and uneven surfaces then you'll be more than aware of just how uncomfortable it can be. 

2. Practical

Even though outdoor wheelchairs are designed for, well, the outdoors, that doesn't mean that their usefulness is limited. They are designed to be easy to control and manoeuvre, so even if you're navigating limited indoor space you should still be able to comfortably fit through doorways. Those large self-propel wheels can be cumbersome, though, especially if you're wanting to take your wheelchair with you in the car or you just want to store it somewhere discreetly indoors.

3. Freedom

Generally, an increase in your independence and quality of life is the goal of any mobility aid. But outdoor wheelchairs truly are designed to help you get around by yourself if that's what you want or need – and you might be surprised by the ability of certain models to stay comfortable and useful in places you thought could never be accessible to a wheelchair user.

Will Harrison
Will Harrison

Will Harrison is the founder of CareCo. He has worked in the mobility industry his entire life and grown CareCo from a grassroots business in his family home to the UK's leading mobility retailer with nationwide mobility showrooms and operating in the global market.

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