Around this time every year, my family starts to ask me what items are on my wish list. They’re getting ready for their holiday shopping and want a bit of guidance from me on what I’d be excited to receive. Without fail, every year my mind goes blank and I suddenly cannot think of a single thing that I want. I have a feeling that I am not the only person who struggles with this. I’m sure other wheelchair users might also struggle with coming up with a wish list. Here are a few of my ideas based on accessories that I have (or want!) for my wheelchair:
A Motorized Wheelchair Cup Holder
I love my cup holder more than I can explain. As a busy lawyer, I regularly have my coffee in one hand and my phone in the other. The problem is that I don’t have a free hand to control my joystick! To solve this problem, I got a cup holder. My cup holder is big enough to hold a to-go cup of my favorite caramel-swirl coffee. When I am done with my coffee, it can also hold my smart phone.
A New Power Wheelchair Cushion
My cushion is in great shape, so I don’t want a replacement cushion, I just want a substitute cushion for cleaning days! We sit in our wheelchairs for 15+ hours every day, which means our cushions go through a lot! Did I mention I love coffee? My cushion has caught many of my coffee spills. It also catches my dog’s muddy paws when he jumps on me. Not to mention all my sweat from sitting in my wheelchair on hot summer days!
So, there are some days that our wheelchair cushions need a good cleaning! I can unzip my wheelchair cushion cover and pop it in the wash, but then I have exposed foam that I’m sitting on. Not to mention, there are some days that I need to spot-clean the cushion itself, which means the foam gets wet and needs to air dry. On these “cleaning days,” it’d be nice to have a backup cushion to sit on.
A Backup Camera for My Power Wheelchair
I never knew I could love a piece of technology so much! I have gone my entire life without a backup camera. I’ve never had one in my car or on my wheelchair, but this summer I got a wheelchair backup camera and it is awesome! Having a backup camera means that my doorways are safer. I am guilty of backing into the doorframe when I am in a hurry. I can also navigate tight spaces without worrying that I might hit something!
What’s on your wish list this year?
About Stephanie Woodward: Stephanie is a brand ambassador advisor for Quantum Rehab® and works as a disability rights activist. She has received many awards for helping communities become more accessible, as well as for her actions in fighting for the rights of disabled individuals as it relates to Medicaid and other support services. Click here to learn more about Stephanie.