Special Needs Strollers: An Introduction to Mobility Aids

Published: 25th May 2011
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Very few manufacturers make strollers for people with disability issues: these aids are usually called adaptive, mobility, or special needs stroller models. These adaptive aids have a 3 wheel design with heavy duty, sixteen inch wheels that are suited to all surfaces. There are actually a limited number of companies that specialize in these types of mobility aids. The larger ones are Baby Jogger, Adaptive Star (formerly Dreamer Design), Kool Stop, Sammons Preston, and Patterson Medical. Special Needs Strollers are specifically designed for those with mobility issues. Baby Jogger makes four types of mobility stroller: Spirit, Freedom, Independence, and Liberty. All except the Liberty have a 3 wheel configuration. Adaptive Star makes the Axiom models of stroller which are considered top of the line. They have special features and design elements that make them standout from everyday 3-wheel strollers. These features include: movable foot rests, adjusting seat positions, padded inserts for sides and head. The stroller bodies are built to carry much heavier loads than in normal strollers with an upper limit of two hundred pounds. This makes them suitable for teen-aged, adult, or even senior patients. There are a few important points to consider when researching adaptive strollers: From the start, you should gain a complete understanding of the patient's medical diagnosis. (Education will start with your doctor, and the responsibility will fall on you to go through the fine print). A licensed medical practitioner followed by personal research is the best path to follow. Of course, the doctor or physiotherapist's official diagnosis and recommendations will play a key role. Your loved one's age, weight, height, and degree of mobility will also be important factors in your choice. Where proper posture is a problem, then positioning must be a part of the solution - and strollers such as the Maclaren Major push chair may be a consideration. Where the disability is comparatively mild, then you have a much wider selection to choose from. When considering patients that are small children, it is key to think ahead - as you will want the mobility aid to grow along with your loved-one. 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. For a worry free experience, pay attention to these tips when you choose a special needs stroller.

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