Wheelchairs and snow = one heck of a mess!

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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!

    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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Michelle Wolfe

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