I can remember my first power wheelchair. I was about four years old and took to my new wheels like I was a race car driver! It wasn’t the fanciest model of chairs, but it gave me mobility.
Over the years, the chairs have been “souped up” with features allowing the wheelchair riders to become more independent. My most recent chairs have had recline and tilt. My favorite feature is the seat elevation. I can raise the seat approximately eight inches taller.
I recently read an article about a new wheelchair that’s being developed in Japan. This chair has robotic legs allowing it to step up on curbs or over obstacles. Users of this new design will be able to move more freely in their community.
It’s exciting to see the newest developments for wheelchairs. It’s like waiting for the latest model of cars to come on the showroom floor. Each added feature provides a little bit more comfort in the way we live our lives.