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a means of locomotion for non-ambulatory individuals, consisting of a seat on a platform with wheels, which provides comfortable, safe sitting, and a steering mechanism. The disabled person should be evaluated by a physiatrist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist with the assistance of an equipment specialist in order to choose the right type of wheelchair. Different types have been designed for patients with quadriplegia, hemiplegia, paraplegia, and amputations; there are also specialized wheelchairs designed for sports, such as basketball, tennis, long distance running, and sprints.


(wēl′châr′, hwēl′-)
A chair mounted on large wheels, used primarily by people who cannot walk or have difficulty walking.

wheelchair (wc)

a mobile chair equipped with large wheels and brakes. If long-term use of the chair is expected, a physical therapist may prescribe certain personalized requirements, such as size, left- or right-hand propulsion, type of brakes, height of armrests, and special seat pads.


n a mobile chair equipped with large wheels and brakes used to transport patients or to allow disabled persons to move themselves from one place to another. Federal law requires handicapped access to public buildings with ramps, doors, elevators, restrooms, and drinking fountains designed and constructed to allow patients in wheelchairs proper access.
wheelchair transfer,
n the techniques for assisting a wheelchair-bound patient from the wheelchair to the dental chair.

Patient discussion about wheelchair

Q. My friend has Progressive MS, he is bound to a wheelchair, Prognosis? How can I help? He must be moved by a Hoyer Lift, he has caregivers. He has a beautiful voice and does have enough ability to move in his chair around local community. He has some bad days with spacicity, I want to help but am unsure as to how? He is 60? or so and lives on his own, he has had MS for many years and a number of complications, such as pneumonia and decubitus. Please help me to help him!

A. There are a number of ideas and resources for social and recreational activities (i.e. wheelchair sports, dancing, travel, aviation, etc.) that may be helpful, which can be found at www.mobility-advisor.com.

Q. Do you want to end because of a vaccination in a wheel chair? It is already about 12 years ago. I met a mother with her kids. One came always in a wheel chair to the services. His terrible story is still in my mind. It could be shown, that because of a vaccination he got the cytomegalovirus infection (CMV) and then spastic paralysis.

A. Corrigendum: If you know somebody speaking German and English who could...

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Other new conversions include two models from Brook Miller - the Kia SportageOutback with rear wheelchair access and the Daihatsu Materia Motion with driver or up-front-passenger positions for wheelchairs; a drive-from-wheelchair conversion basedon a VWCaravelle from Auto Mobility Concepts; and a range of Renault conversions from first-time exhibitor Holden Mobility.
They understand more veterans will be using the bigger room, with plenty of wheelchair access, but they don't think the VA needs to hire more people to supervise it.
Each newly constructed home incorporates visitability amenities, such as zero-grade entries and interior doors wide enough for wheelchair access, thereby creating a neighborhood that is visitable and allows people with disabilities the opportunity to fully participate in their community.
Tenders are invited for This Project Entails The Following Works To Be Carried Out In The Building: Installation Of A New Lift To Provide Wheelchair Access To The First Floor.
Adapting the car to provide users with a sleekly designed SUV on the outside, Brotherwood have transformed the inside of the Sorento's cabin for quick and simple wheelchair access to journey as a front-seat passenger, whilst retaining Kia's comprehensive 7-Year Warranty.
AS you may have seen in yesterday's letters page, I was criticised by a Lanarkshire reader for recently reviewing two restaurants with no wheelchair access.
I also am a public transport user and to my knowledge buses are so designed to have a low floor for wheelchair access, giving the opportunity for the disabled in our society to get out and about.
All services will be provided with low floors for wheelchair access and CCTV cameras.
New plans will create fencing, wheelchair access and paths.
DISABLED train passengers risk being stranded on railway platforms in South Wales because of poor wheelchair access at some stations, according to a charity.
The grant, from Impetus Environmental Trust, has enabled the creation of wheelchair access to the kitchen, a complete refit of the kitchen and new storage cupboards in the adjoining room.
The 18-seater VW bus is fitted with wheelchair access and will be used to take pupils on educational trips.