Once walking is no longer an option, the use of a wheelchair becomes inevitable if the individual is to continue enjoying many of the things that life has to offer. While wheelchairs make it possible for people to move from one spot to another, the chairs also limit their ability to complete certain tasks on their own. Fortunately, it is possible to accessorize a wheelchair to improve user experience. In fact, today, a number of accessories are available that enhance the mobility of wheelchairs, improving the overall quality of life for the individuals who must use them. Some of the accessories are intended to promote safety, while others are designed to make wheelchair-bound individuals more comfortable. In particular, all of the available wheelchair accessories are intended to augment the disabled individual's independence, promoting the ability to go through life's daily tasks and day-to-day journeys with minimal assistance from other people. A number of manufacturers are responsible for making accessories that improve mobility for wheelchairs. Most notably, these manufacturers include Prairie View Industries (PVI), Nova Ortho-Med, Inc., and Lumex.
Mobility wheelchair accessories
One of the most essential mobility accessories is the wheelchair ramp. Simplifying the task of navigating height differences, wheelchair ramps encourage seamless mobility from one level to another. The two most commonly used designs are threshold ramps and transport ramps. Threshold ramps enable entrance into a building as well as allowing the individual to exit. This style of ramp can also be used within the home between rooms that involve a single or two-step difference in height. Transport ramps provide a secure transition to and from motor vehicles, particularly vans. LED mobility lights provide an added element of safety simply be making the wheelchair more visible to other individuals as well as by lighting a pathway for the user to see more clearly along the path they have chosen. LED mobility lights often come with several lighting options and are easily attached to wheelchairs. Wristlets and clutches designed for wheelchair use are easy to attach. While they are small in size, they are typically large enough to accommodate essential personal items such as wallets, keys, cell phones, eyeglasses, and medication.