Naturally, wheelchair users will spend a large proportion of their time in a seated position, unfortunately this can have a negative impact on their health with side effects including pressure ulcers. Standing powerchairs can offer a solution for wheelchair users who are looking to realise the health and lifestyle benefits of a more upright posture, or who want the ability to change position.
These are exciting times for gymnast, Tiri Hughes. The 19-year-old, who is originally from South Devon, has recently started her first year at Oxford University, studying medicine.
Tiri is an occasional wheelchair user, opting at other times to use a crutch to get her up and about and prevent muscle wastage. She says: “I have H-Ehlers Danlos Syndrome and secondary Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome (as well as my visual impairment, which is totally separate). These cause chronic pain, joint instability, weakness, dizziness and fatigue.”
If your application succeeds, your council may offer you a bay directly outside your home. If this option is not available, your council will try to offer you a space as near as possible to your home. The space offered to you is only advisory and therefore has no standing in law. This means that any disabled Blue Badge holder may park there. Non-disabled people are asked to park elsewhere but are not legally obliged to do so. White lines are there to let other motorists know the bay is intended for the use of a disabled resident.