Not a terribly exciting piece of writing or relevant to many wheelchair users but for those who have upholstered sling seats on their wheelchairs that are prone to sagging a rigidizer is an inexpensive item that can greatly improve the user’s comfort and help reduce the chances of injury due to long term sitting with poor posture.
I read an article yesterday about a fairly young man found on the ground in his driveway between his wheelchair and his car. He was a fairly healthy man who played sports likely was in pretty good shape in spite of his inability to walk. It appears he spent the night there and the wind chill was approaching -40 degrees. He did not survive.
I guess there was a power failure in his neighbourhood and one neighbour speculated that he might have been trying to get in his car for warmth.
As far as I know no one has actually determined what occurred to put this fellow into the situation but it did remind me of warning I used to give my customers when I worked for a wheelchair dealer. Continue reading