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Wheelchairs or wheelchair accessible devices can prove to be a great relief for people with mobility issues as they help them to move around without assistance from others. Reports from the World Health Organization (WHO) suggest that about 1% of the total population or 10% of the disabled population need wheelchairs, i.e. about 65 million people worldwide. Presently, manual wheelchairs provide the user with mobility only in a seated position. However, enabling wheelchair users to stand provides them greater mobility and independence to complete their day-to-day tasks easily and conveniently.
Recently, an innovative wheelchair lift model was designed by Chilean physiotherapists that allow mobility challenged people to move from a seated position to an upright position in a chair. The newly designed model in Chile offers unprecedented freedom to disabled users by allowing them to rise to near-full upright stature at just the push of a button.
The device was developed by the Chilean company “Kiron” (backed by government funds) with an objective to enhance the mobility and independence of wheelchair users and improve their quality of life. The company gifted this accessibility device to Juan Ayala – (a Chilean man born with cerebral palsy) whose life was bound to a wheelchair. This electronically powered motorized chair (launched in the market by the end of September, 2014) operates on a lithium battery. It works with a simple locking mechanism for both the knee and trunk, which prevents the person from falling.
Juan Ayala found this device highly useful as he is able to do all routine tasks such as use the toilet, open the window and wash the dishes that were practically impossible to do in a sitting position before. In addition, it enhanced his confidence by making him more independent.
The significant advancements in technology have led to the development of different accessibility devices that help seniors / disabled people to become more mobile thereby maintaining their independence. With the capability to stand up, people bound to wheelchairs can easily use a raised or enlarged workspace. It enables easy use of kitchen counters and appliances and access to overhead cabinets or grocery store shelves. In addition, standing offers certain physical benefits such as reducing the risk of osteoporosis, muscle spasticity and contractures, improving cardiovascular and digestive function and preventing pressure sores.
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