When my new Quickie Krypton R arrived - it makes me think back to how I felt after my accident and my thoughts now. I feel so incredibly lucky to have this smart lightweight wheelchair. I am certainly not embarrassed but I am proud. I am not sad or angry but excited, happy and grateful. The lightweight Krypton helps my independence, being able to get it in and out my car easily and without straining my arms. It feels stylish and neat too. I am also aware that my arms get a lot of use and the Krypton is so easy to push along it is much less wear and tear on my arms.
Taking a break in the UK is an excellent option, with so much choice. You can choose from the beach, countryside, or towns and cities. You can have relaxing breaks, rambling breaks, take in a London show and so much more, all within a few hours of travelling. Many hotels, travel companies and tour firms are now disability friendly in the UK, so it’s a great time to get looking!
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.