Mobility Aids & Special Needs Strollers

Published: 25th May 2011
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Special Needs Strollers, adaptive strollers, mobility strollers, adult strollers are some of the names given to pushchairs designed specifically for those with disabilities or motor control issues. These mobility stroller models are designed in the all-terrain style with a three-wheel configuration and rugged off-road, sixteen inch tires. There are actually a limited number of companies that specialize in these types of mobility aids. Sammons Preston, Baby Jogger, Adaptive Star, and Kool Stop are among the better known models. Baby Jogger manufactures 3 specialty models: the Independence, the Freedom, and the Liberty. The Liberty has dual front wheels while the others have a 3 wheel design. Kool Stop makes a single heavy duty model, while the other manufacturers make multiple types.They differ from regular all-terrain jogging strollers in that they are made with special features to allow proper seating and positioning of passengers. This entails swivelling foot rests, a variety of adjustable seat and side inserts, and flexible, padded head rests. Their frames are also much more sturdy to carry much heavier loads: in some cases, up to 200 lbs. This feature allows them to be used for teens, young adults, and older patients. Here is how to begin your purchasing research: educate yourself about the patient's condition and prognosis. (Your physician will have started your education, and you will then have to expand on all the details). Rely on medical advice, but be prepared to do lots of extra reading on your own. Choice of adaptive stroller will rely on the following factors: doctor's diagnosis, doctor's prognosis, patient weight, patient height, patient age, patient daily routine. For patients with posture and positioning issues, a positioning chair such as the Maclaren Major should be considered. These chairs have special features and padded inserts to seat and position the patient. Where the disability is comparatively mild, then you have a much wider selection to choose from.Child patients need extra consideration or you may find yourself buying a new stroller every 12 to 18 months. If the stroller has to last two or three years, then you must think about quality and durability. Certain considerations are critical to very young children or infants: they must be kept safe from the elements (sun and rain) and should be able to sleep lying flat in the stroller.Be sure to pay attention to these tips when you choose a special needs stroller.

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