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Wheelchair lifts, A better solution than ramps?

Earlier, physically challenged people were not treated with respect. They were often not treated well and discriminated. They had a hard time surviving and earning a life. Fortunately, in modern days, more and more people are taking a different point of view towards disabled people and give them the respect and dignity they deserve.

In addition, there are many technological advances that are aimed at helping disabled people have more freedom and a higher quality of life. Wheelchair lifts are one of these improvements, and fortunately, they’re becoming more and more common both in public and private places.

In general, wheelchair lifts are better than ramps because they require less physical effort. Since they are controlled by a motar and a control panel,operating them is as easy as like pressing two buttons, so no physical strength is required. This is particularly benefical to those wheelchair users who suffer from upper body disabilities and thus find it combursome to push the wheelchair up a ramp.

Another reason why wheelchair lifts are becoming more common is because a lot of laws require public buildings to adapt their entrances and exits in order to make  it easy for disabled people to enter and exit. While most of them try to build wheelchair ramps, this is not always feasible. Because such laws didn’t exist when the  buildings were constructed, they weren’t designed with access for disabled people in mind. Therefore, sometimes an entrance might be too high, or might not have enough space in front of it to build a ramp with a steep that’s negotiable for people with wheelchairs. In those cases, wheelchair lifts are definitely better options.

One shortcoming of wheelchair lifts is that you need electricity to operate them. Because of this, they are affected whenever there is a power failure. This is specially uncomfortable if a disable person is unlucky enough to find himself or herself in the middle of the lift operation. More than the inconvenience of being stuck and requiring help, the disabled person usually is more affected psychologically at the feeling of dependency of strangers. That’s why, newer models of wheelchair lifts come equipped with back up batteries which allow them to operate in such cases.

Wheelchair lifts can also be fitter at home. They are a good choice in case of multi storied houses where it is not practical to get a elevator installed.Wheelchairs work best when fitted to a staircase rail that does not have frequent turns. However, if there are children in the house, wheelchair lifts must be locked  or otherwise protected from misuse or damage that children may cause. It is extremely vital to educate children that wheelchairs are not toys or meant for fun rides.

People in wheelchairs, controlling their own destiny

 

A common image of disability is people in wheelchairs. A wheelchair is used by people for whom walking is difficult or impossible due to illness or some other disability. Some people use wheelchairs temporarily due to some accident or operation. A wheelchair is a wheeled mobility device in which a user can sit and move around either manually or through various mechanical or electrical systems.

People in wheelchairs form a great proportion of the population of people with disabilities. However, a lot of people still wonder how to approach and interact with people in wheelchairs. On the other hand, some people in wheelchairs can feel being deprived of one of their cherished things in life, which could adversely affect their mood, behaviour and activities.

The main thing to remember when dealing with people in wheelchairs is that they are people too and they deserve respect and dignity. Some people may hold the opinion that with out the human created devices for mobility like wheelchairs, disabled peopled will be crippled and not able to move any where. However, If you ponder over it, We all cover long and short distances by using human-made creations like cars, buses, trains, and airplanes. So we can say that, to resolve the issue of immobility we all are dependent on man-made products.

Quite a few people in wheelchairs are actually physically very strong. A few of them even run marathons in their wheelchairs. A person sitting on a well-designed wheelchair can move fast enough to beat a person walking by foot.

On the other hand, some of them need some psychological help. They can be really affected if they feel they are confined to a wheelchair for the rest of their life. They can have mood swings, appetite changes, irritability, and insomnia. However, it is up to us to make their world better in some way or other and make people in wheelchairs feel happy.

It is extremely vital for the people in wheelchairs to go for the therapy even if it is 1 session per month. This will help them open up and say what really is on their minds and hearts with a specialist who will guide them through their bad times. Their family members and friends can also assume the role of a therapist, by always being there for them and lending an ear to them when needed. One should always be positive and try to point out the good things in life. If possible, people in wheelchairs should meet other people in their same situation.

In general, people in wheelchairs should be treated just like another normal person. One should not pity on them, as it would be disastrous for their self esteem. Stephen Hawking, Christopher Reeve and Tom Whittaker are some of the wellknown wheelchair users.