Navigating Holidays in Your Wheelchair

The holidays bring up many feelings in people. For some, it’s the most wonderful time of the year. For others, not so much. This time of the year can be stressful between trying to shop in crowded malls, attending parties and traveling. We have some tips for how you can maximize the holiday season with your power wheelchair while minimizing stress.

Decorating with iLevel®

Edge 3 with iLevel technology

You may be thinking of decorating to prepare your home for the holidays. While some of your decorations will go on tabletops and on lower surfaces, you may run into situations where you want to decorate the higher spaces, whether it’s putting ornaments and lights on the tree or decorating higher shelves and surfaces. Not only does iLevel® help with daily tasks, but it also helps with the tasks that come around once or twice a year. With 12-inch iLevel technology, you can get that extra boost of elevation you need to be able to reach otherwise hard-to-reach surfaces when decorating your home or office and be completely in control of how your space looks.

Parties at iLevel

Mug and cookie exchanges, ugly Christmas sweater parties and family gatherings… There’s likely to be some event or place you’ll need to attend this season. Whether there are several or few people, chances are that you’ll talk to someone at some point. When your power wheelchair is elevated at iLevel, you can enjoy face-to-face interaction with friends, family and other guests. If appetizers, food and drinks are placed on higher surfaces, no problem! If you or someone you know is hosting a get-together this holiday season, check out our article on making your holiday celebration wheelchair friendly for tips on making sure your gathering is inclusive.

Shopping at iLevel

Edge 3 Power Wheelchair with iLevel

Maybe Cyber Monday is more of your speed. Why go out and navigate crowded malls in your power wheelchair when you could stay in the comfort of your home and avoid any traffic? However, iLevel technology has changed the way motorized wheelchair users do their holiday shopping. See and be seen when riding through crowds with 12” of seat elevation whether during the Black Friday rush or grocery shopping right before that holiday party.

Baking at iLevel

There are so many delicious flavors during the holiday season. Whether it’s the flavors of fall, such as cinnamon, pumpkin, apples and cranberries, or the flavors of winter, such as peppermint, gingerbread and white chocolate, you may be wanting to do some cooking, baking or perfecting your barista skills! iLevel is also perfect for the aspiring cooks and bakers who love making winter dishes. If you are going to a cookie exchange or need to make that signature dish for a party, iLevel allows you to be able to reach your ingredients on shelves and in cabinets in your kitchen and operate the stovetop safely.

Traveling with Your Power Wheelchair

While decorating and shopping can be stressful and tiring, traveling is arguably the most stressful holiday activity. Traveling by land may not be the easiest option if the ground is covered in snow and ice. However, inclement weather also affects flights, causing delays and cancellations. In addition to those stresses, there are worries that come with flying with an electric wheelchair. Regardless of whether you are flying or driving, we recommend that you plan ahead and speak with your doctor before traveling with a power wheelchair. It is especially important to know your rights when traveling. We recommend our article on the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Reauthorization of 2018.

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