Pimp My Ride: Wheelchair Accessories

Pimp My Ride: Wheelchair Accessories

By Kevin Cleary

Some may think that being confined to a wheelchair to get around means not being able to take all our conveniences with us. Whether it may be our cell phone or shading us from the sun, there are plenty of ways to accessorize our mode of conveyance (fancy way to say wheelchair) so that we can experience life the way we want it. There are a wide variety of accessories available so that your wheelchair can be customized so you can take just what you need with you.

It’s the Little Things

 Pimp My Ride: Wheelchair Accessories

For many whose mobility is limited by using a wheelchair just the process of going to the hair salon can be difficult. There is something comforting about having your hair washed and styled. It may seem like a minor endeavor, but it can go a long way in maintaining our quality of life. Hair washing from a wheelchair can be difficult, but there are ways around that. The EZ-Access Shampoo Hair Washing Tray allows a wheelchair bound patient to easily shampoo their hair. It simply rests on their shoulders while sitting in the chair and makes the job easier for the patient and the caregiver. For more flexibility, the Maddak Wheelchair Shampoo Rinse Tray clamps to the wheelchair handles to accommodate a multitude of angles. The patient just simply places their head in the neck rest and the shampooing or scalp treatment becomes a piece of cake!! Most of us enjoy being outside in the sunshine, but sometimes it can get to be too much. Using the Sammons Preston Wheelchair Umbrella can provide shade so we can enjoy being outside in the summertime.

Take Your Hobby with You

Hobbies are one way many people enjoy life. Whether it is stamp collecting or knitting, these activities fill our lives with joy and give us a sense of accomplishment. Being confined to a wheelchair may cause some to think that they can no longer enjoy their favorite activities. Not so!! For example, those who enjoy embroidering can utilize the Maddak Crocheting and Embroidering Holder to continue turning out great projects for the whole family. It clamps to the wheelchair frame and has a long gooseneck that can bend in any direction to aid the user while crocheting or embroidering. For those that love to relax fishing, the Maddak Fishing Pole Holder for Wheelchair allows a wheelchair bound patient the freedom to throw a line into their favorite fishing hole and continue lying about their catches!! Its simple clamp on style makes one-handed operation a breeze thanks to its wing nut design that makes it adaptable to any tubular wheelchair bar.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

One of the more important steps to ensure overall good health is to make sure we intake the proper amount of fluids. An easy way to carry 2 liters of your favorite beverage is to use the CamelBak Drink Holder for Wheelchair . It easily attaches to the back of the wheelchair it is fully insulated for hours of thirst quenching liquid and is easy to fill and sip from. Another simple, economic way to take your drink with you is the Clamp on Cup Holder Attachment for Wheelchair which easily attaches to most wheelchairs. It comes with two clips to accommodate both 7/8 inch and 1 inch tubes and requires no tools for mounting. Bottoms up!! Taking your favorite cup of coffee with you is now easy with the Maddak Wheelchair Cup Holder . It is slotted on two sides to allow for your coffee mug so you can take your cup of Joe with you and can be mounted to accommodate both left and right handed people. Your sense of independence is important, so using the Drink Aide Insulated Bottle allows the user to drink from a bottle mounted on the wheelchair through a 31 inch long flexible drinking tube that can be positioned conveniently for a hands-free drink.

Take It All with You!!

 Pimp My Ride: Wheelchair Accessories

Being able to pack multiple items and take those with you can be extremely convenient. It might be something as simple as your favorite magazine, clothing, or your smart phone. In order to take them with you in an organized manner the Rose Healthcare Wheelchair Wheel Pouch keeps them all at your fingertip. Its machine washable quilted fabric attaches to just about any wheelchair with secure hook and loop fasteners. If you find yourself outside in the rain, the Sammons Preston Deluxe Waterproof Seatback Bag gives peace of mind that some of our stuff won’t get wet. Its adjustable straps mount easily over push bars and are latex free while providing plenty of storage for everything you need. Some wheelchair packs feature large privacy compartments. One such pack is the EZ-Access Wheelchair Pack and it features a spacious main section with a zippered closure. Feel free to take your lunch or maybe your camera to the park and enjoy the great outdoors!! A great way to pack for a great day outside is to use Drive Medical’s Drive Deluxe Wheelchair Carry Pouch to take all your necessaries with you. It has a large zippered pocket and a side pouch to take your favorite beverage with you!! No matter what your needs may be, adapting your wheelchair to your needs or desires is simple and easy to do.