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Mobility: Moving around by wheelchair

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User receives help going uphill"Push stick" for wheelchair
A simple assistive device for people who cannot manage independently with a manual wheelchair in certain situations
User on paved surface in front of entranceAccessible patio and garden
A paved path enables the user to easily drive around the entire house
Joystick with padded cradleAdaptation of joystick on electric wheelchair
A cradle makes it possible for a person without dexterity to control an electric wheelchair with a joystick
Adapted calf strap, from behindAdapted calf strap
A broad padded calf strap makes sitting in Panthera wheelchair more comfortable
Cradle on electric wheelchair joystickAdapted joystick for electric wheelchair
A cradle that sits on the electric wheelchair’s joystick makes independent operation possible for a person with impaired hand function
Padded cradle on Permobil joystick. (close-up)Adapted joystick for Permobil
Joystick appropriate for persons with impaired dexterity.
User presses the adapted release buttonAdapted quickrelease
– makes it possible for people with impaired hand function to independently put on/take off wheelchair wheels
User in wheelchair with brake cord and plastic loop that sets the brakeAdapted wheelchair brake
- manageable for individuals with impaired hand function; does not get in the way during transfers
User on her AddseatAddseat: a gyroscopic vehicle for people with physical disabilities
- a good complement to a manual wheelchair
User receives help to move backwards in the wheelchairAdjustment of sitting position
- technique to adjust sitting position; a method for people with impaired arm function and good trunk balance
User with her armbike. Photo: Jonas ArnesonArmbike
- addition to manual wheelchair that allows quick and comfortable mobility outdoors
Wheelchair wheel with red tires and spokesAttractive tires and spokes for wheelchair wheels
Colorful light tires and spokes for manual wheelchair
Backpack on wheelchair with rain cover onBackpack with integrated raincover
- practical for wheelchair users
Bag sitting on user's feet on wheelchair footrestsBag on wheelchair
A practical bag for wheelchair users. The user can keep an eye on the bag at the same time that it keeps the user's feet in place.
Wheelchair bagBag on wheelchair
Accessible homemade wheelchair bag
User balances on rear wheelsBalancing on rear wheels
- essential for good wheelchair technique
Compressor connected to wheelchair tire valveBattery-operated compressor for wheelchair tires
Portable electric air pump for wheelchair tires
User on beach wheelchair. Photo from the tipster’s archivesBeach Wheelchair
A wheelchair that works on sand and in water
User on electric scooterBead electric scooter
An electric scooter that can be used while sitting in a manual wheelchair
User takes her Addseat into the car. Photo from www.addmovement.se/the-addseat/Car ramp for Addseat
Car ramps that help get a Segway into the car without a lift
The user cleans his wheelchair tiresCleaning wheelchair tires
Aluminum structure enables an individual who drives an electric wheelchair to clean the tires independently
User sitting in a green wheelchairColorful wheelchair
Wheelchair color that matches clothing
User drives wheelchair while wearing custom-made wheelchair gloveCustom-made wheelchair gloves
Custom sewn wheelchair gloves with friction surface on the thumb that facilitates wheelchair driving for people with impaired hand function
The service dog pushes the user who sits in the wheelchairDrive wheelchair on level ground assisted by service dog
The service dog stands on hind legs and helps the user to drive on level ground.
User with feet on footrestEngblom comfort footrest
Padded footrest on wheelchair prevents pressure ulcers when barefoot
User places extra Velcro straps on back of wheelchairExtra Velcro straps for fine-tuning of wheelchair back
- makes sitting in Panthera wheelchair more comfortable
The user drives outdoors with Freewheel attached to wheelchairExtra wheelchair wheel, 'Freewheel'
Freewheel increases accessibility on uneven surfaces for people who use manual wheelchairs
Fire blanket stored on wheelchair between backrest and ventilatorFire blanket
Accessible fire blanket increases security for persons who have difficulties moving
User with feet on foot restFoot rest on wheelchair
The foot rest helps position feet properly and prevents pressure ulcers when the user does not wear shoes
User with soft footrestFootrest
A soft footrest on the wheelchair makes shoes unnecessary indoors
User drives down a curbGo down a curb in a wheelchair
Technique for people with strong arms
User goes down a flight of stairs with handrail with help from an assistant. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmGo down a flight of stairs with a wheelchair with assistance
Description of technique with help from one person
User goes down a flight of stairs with handrail. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmGo down a flight of stairs with handrail in a wheelchair
Technique for people who have strong arms
User goes down a short flight of stairs without a handrail. Photo Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmGo down a flight of stairs without handrail in a wheelchair
Technique for people with strong arms
User goes down a steep ramp. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmGo down a steep ramp in a wheelchair
Technique for people with strong arms
User goes down a ramp. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmGo down an indoor ramp in a wheelchair
Technique for people with strong arms
User drives up a curbGo up a curb in a wheelchair
Technique for people with strong arms
User goes up a flight of stairs with handrail. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmGoing up stairs with handrail in a wheelchair
Technique for people with strong arms
User with his dog’s leash attached to the wheelchairHolder for dog leash on wheelchair footrest
- makes it easier for wheelchair users to take the dog on walks
The user with her individually adapted wheelchair Individually adapted manual wheelchair in titanium
Good ergonomics and light weight facilitate driving and reduce the burden on shoulders
FireplaceKeys on string A method to always have keys along
No more dropping and looking for keys with the key ring on a string
User with lap cushionLap and hand cushions
Cushions in colors that match clothing on which to place arms and hands when sitting in the wheelchair - a possibility for persons with extensive disabilities
User with leg in raised positionLegs in raised position in active wheelchair
Holding legs in raised position accelerates wound healing
Light mounted on foot bar.Lighting for wheelchair
- easy to attach to wheelchair
The person in the photo is not the user. Photo from eloflex.seLightweight, convenient folding electric wheelchair
– easy to bring along in the car and on trips
User in Küschall chair equipped with e-motion wheelsManual wheelchair with "e-motion" wheel
E-motion wheels make it easier to operate the wheelchair – appropriate for persons with poor function of the arms
User opens ‘garage door’ with remote control.Minigarage for electric wheelchair, "bread bin"
- dry, frost-free storage for electric wheelchairs and other aids
Modified control boxModification of Permobil control box
External buttons on the Permobil control box make it easier to shift between steering and adjusting the seat position – suitable for people with impaired hand function
Bag attached to wheelchair armrestModified bag for valuables
A small modified bag sits on the wheelchair and provides access to important medicines and valuables
User with strap around thighsModified thigh strap
Strap that holds together a wheelchair user's thighs, modified so that persons with impaired hand function can close it without assistance
Elastic band between rear frame and brake track of wheelchairModified wheelchair brake
Elastic band helps to ensure that brakes are not in the way when taking wheels off or putting them back on.
User moves on soft sand with help from an assistantMoving on soft sand
- a solution when there are no ramps
Garden with asphalt-paved path up to the  terrace by the houseNatural garden
Accessible natural garden
User with off-road chair on a sandy beachOff-road chair
Addition to manual wheelchair that allows driving on rough and uneven surfaces
Stone-dust pathPaths
Stone-dust paths in wheelchair accessible garden
Portable ramp lying in the cargo area of the vehiclePortable ramp
A portable ramp in the car helps deal with the occasional step with the wheelchair.
Portable ramps, one extendedPortable ramps
Small lightweight aluminum ramps for wheelchair users; practical to have along on the boat.
Portable rampsPortable telescoping ramps
Lightweight adjustable-length aluminum ramps
Threshold ramp at apartment doorRamp at apartment door
Threshold ramps to apartment door with anti-slip protection
Threshold ramp in aluminum at entrance doorRamp at entrance
Aluminum wheelchair ramp by entrance door
Ramp between patio and garden. Photo: Katharina RatzkaRamp between patio and garden
Ramp to the garden - suitable for wheelchair users
Threshold ramp with anti-slip strips glued onRamp by balcony
Wooden ramp with anti-slip protection
Wooden ramp at terraceRamp by terrace
Wooden ramp for vacation home terrace
User in Permobil on rampsRamp for Permobil electric wheelchair
Telescoping ramp on country home lot
Balcony door with aluminum threshold rampRamp to balcony
Aluminum wheelchair ramp to balcony door
Ramp to vacation home entranceRamp to vacation home
Wooden ramp with railing
User in his Permobil with Recaro seat.Recaro seat on electric wheelchair (Permobil)
- provides comfortable seating for people who use electric wheelchair
Reflective armbandReflective armband
Worn on arms when operating wheelchair outdoors in the dark.
User moves into a bus. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmRide a bus in a wheelchair
Independent mobility in a bus with low step-in height
User gets out of a bus. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmRide a bus in a wheelchair
Technique to get out of a bus
User rides down an escalator. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmRide down an escalator in a wheelchair
Technique for people who have strong arms
User rides down an escalator with help from an assistant. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmRide down an escalator in a wheelchair with assistance
Description of technique with help from one person
User drives onto escalatorRide on escalator with manual wheelchair
A technique that shows how wheelchair users who have strong arms can ride on escalators independently
User rides up an escalator. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmRide up an escalator in a wheelchair
Technique for people who have strong arms
User rides up an escalator with help from an assistant. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation StockholmRide up an escalator in a wheelchair with assistance
Description of technique with help from one person
User in his rugby wheelchair.Rugby chair
Wheelchair for wheelchair rugby
Safety string around user’s chestSafety string for wheelchair
Discrete string prevents a person who operates an electric wheelchair and has poor balance from falling forward
User drives his scooter outdoorsScooter for travel
Small, convenient electric scooter that can easily be disassembled - suitable for travel
Strap to secure feet to wheelchair foot barSecuring feet to wheelchair foot bar
Foot strap for feet – suitable for wheelchair users with spasticity
Service dog helps to pull the userService dog pulling wheelchair
A service dog can help wheelchair users by pulling the wheelchair
User drinks teaSmall wheelchair table for tea cup
Cup with straw on wheelchair table enables persons with extensive disabilities to drink unassisted
Smart DriveSmart Drive power assist device
An easy-to-manage power assist device for manual wheelchairs that facilitates driving
User standing in standing wheelchairStanding wheelchair
People who use a wheelchair can increase their independence at home by using a standing wheelchair and they can also stretch their leg joints.
Permobil Trax in garageStorage place for electric wheelchair
Storage place for Permobil in garage
Net attached to wheelchair frame under seatStorage under wheelchair
Extra room under wheelchair for storing objects
User with strapStrap instead of wheelchair belt
Custom-made strap helps the user to keep his balance during strength training and moving outdoors – suitable for wheelchair users who have impaired balance
Helena drives wheelchair; her forearm is attached to the armrest with a strapStrap to be able to drive electric wheelchair
The forearm is attached to the armrest which facilitates wheelchair driving – suitable for people without arm function and with very little hand function
Coach tape on foot barTape on foot bar
Coach tape on wheelchair foot bar prevents feet from sliding down
Tetra quick release attached by hub of drive wheelTetra quick release
Tetra quick release enables people with impaired hand function to remove and attach the rear wheels from and to the wheelchair
User drives the PendelThree-wheel electric scooter
Electric scooter onto which a manual wheelchair can be driven.
User drives his scooter.Three-wheel electric scooter
- facilitates moving around outdoors for people who have difficulty walking
Threshold ramps Photo: Katharina RatzkaThreshold ramp
- facilitates moving over thresholds for wheelchair users
Power-driven wheelchair wheels with tire repair kitTire puncture repair kit or solid tires to prevent puncture
The tire puncture repair kit makes it possible to quickly repair punctured wheelchair tires.
User is towedTow line
Tow line for wheelchair users during walks in the woods
Back wedges on wheelchairTrunk support to Panthera
Soft trunk support in wheelchair helps maintain balance
User presses "off" button on wheelTurning e-motion wheel motor on and off
The user has learned how to directly push the on/off button for the e-motion wheel motor in order to avoid bringing the remote control
With Zoomcamp in the woods (the person in the photo is not the user). Photo from www.zoomability.comVehicle with good mobility in rough terrain, Zoomcamp
A battery-powered, four-wheel drive bike suitable for people with disabilities
User drives wheelchair while wearing custom-made wheelchair mittensWarm wheelchair gloves
Mittens with large opening adapted with hard rubber, used as wheelchair gloves in winter
Wheel Blades on wheelchair. Photo from www.wheelblades.chWheel Blades
- makes it possible to easily use a manual wheelchair on snow and ice
Wheel guard on wheelchair wheel. Photo from the user's archivesWheel guard
- a simple way to avoid getting the floor dirty at home when coming inside with the wheelchair
Wheelchair bag mounted on the wheelchairWheelchair bag
Inconspicuous and spacious wheelchair bag that does not alter the center of gravity
User sitting on the StimuLITE cushionWheelchair cushion StimuLITE
A wheelchair cushion that prevents decubitus ulcers - suitable for persons who lack sensation
Panthera wheelchair with e-fixWheelchair E-fix
An electric wheelchair that can easily be converted to a manual wheelchair - appropriate for travel
Wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Individually manufactured gloves used for transfers (to or from wheelchair) and when operating the wheelchair.
User with wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Individually manufactured gloves for wheelchair driving
Wrist-supporting wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Custom-sewn gloves to stabilize wrists for wheelchair driving
User with wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Work gloves suitable as wheelchair gloves for persons with good hand function
Wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Individually sewn gloves for wheelchair driving and transfers
User with wheelchair glovesWheelchair gloves
Custom-made gloves used for wheelchair driving and to hold utensils such as a pen or fork in place
User wears gloves when driving the wheelchairWheelchair gloves
Garden gloves that work well as wheelchair gloves
User with his glovesWheelchair gloves
Work gloves that work well as wheelchair gloves
User with wheelchair tableWheelchair table
- makes it easier to always have work materials accessible – suitable for people with severe disabilities
User sits in wheelchair, all three control alternatives visibleWheelchair with various steering options
A variety of steering options for an electric wheelchair are important for persons who use their head to drive and easily develop neck pain
Winter tiresWinter tires
Aggressive tires for manual wheelchair facilitates winter wheelchair driving
User drives on wet dirt with heavy-tread tires on wheelchairWinter tires for wheelchair
Heavy-tread tires on wheelchair facilitate outdoor driving in difficult terrain, such as sand or snow
Plastic skis attached under the wheelchairWinter walks with wheelchair
Plastic skis under the wheelchair make it possible for wheelchair users to take walks in winter
Work gloves (lightweight style)Work gloves as wheelchair gloves
Leather work gloves work well as wheelchair gloves
User brakes with wrist strapWrist strap to facilitate soft braking of the wheelchair
- appropriate for wheelchair users with impaired hand function