Working at a neurological rehabilitation facility, we have wheelchairs coming in and out of our 10,000 sq ft area all day long. In the summer time, it’s not a problem, but when you mix a wheelchair with snow and salt, you can have one heck of a mess! I have noticed some of our clients wearing heavy duty gloves and others with frozen, dirty hands heading straight for the sink to be cleaned as they come inside from the cold. I took some time to ask my clients if they have any tricks to managing their mobility in the long, cold winter months. Here’s what I learned.
- A few of our clients who have made the transition from an electric chair to a manual chair, choose to use the electric chair while traveling in the snow. This saves the hassle of having frozen hands from manually wheeling themselves around.
- Invest in some tough gloves, preferably made with leather or some kind of
Maybe everyone dealing with snow, should have an “outdoor” heavy duty chair like this one. This machine could get through just about anything!
water resistant material.
- Travel with a friend. If someone pushes your chair through the snow, it can be safer with less chance to get stuck in the slush.
- Brush off your snow covered wheels when entering your home. Having a broom or brush near the door, allows you to keep the mess at the door and prevent snow puddles throughout your home.
Please comment below if you have any ideas of how to keep safe, clean and warm while traveling on wheels in the snow.
Last year I wrote a blog about the inspiring snowboarding Olympian, double amputee, Amy Purdy. At the time, she was competing for the winning spot on the show, Dancing with the Stars. Her natural beauty and contagious smile hide the fact that she’s missing both her legs below the knee. When she was 19 years old, she had them both removed after contracting meningitis.
This weekend I was watching Oprah Winfreys show, Where Are They Now? It shows an update of some of her past guests and what they’re up to now. It made me think of a few of the people I’ve written about and I decided to take a peek on social media to see if they are up to anything fun. I wasn’t surprised to see that Amy was up to new exciting things. In fact, today, February 22, 2015, Amy is the official Daytona 500 pace care driver. At noon ET, the race will begin and Amy will be leading the pack around the track. Stay tuned on Fox TV to see her drive.
You can see more of Amy’s adventures on her Instagram @amypurdygurl
For the past two years, Aim2Walk has been participating in the ultimate total body challenge, Tough Mudder. We find the hard work, team spirit and feeling of conquering such a challenging obstacle event is a positive team building experience. This year, were looking at participating in MUCK MS. It’s a muddy 5k, 15 obstacle event similar to the idea of Tough Mudder but with accessible options for most levels of fitness and, it’s for charity. Aim2Walk is encouraging our clients who are able to join us in this event. If you are interested in signing up, please let us know. We are looking at the Hamilton event, held September 27, 2015. It’s probably your one chance you will have to throw mud at your therapist.
Who’s interested in getting Muddy???