So, I know people who use manual wheelchairs and people who use power chairs. I tend to get teased by my friends in manual wheelchairs because I use my Quantum power wheelchair a lot of the time. They think that pushing a manual wheelchair helps you stay in shape and you don’t get lazy. And while it’s true pushing can help you stay more active, there is another side to this.
While there are advantages to using a manual wheelchair, there are drawbacks. Because I only have one hand, it’s difficult to hold things and push my manual wheelchair. If I need to do things around my house, such as carrying stuff or taking out the garbage, it’s more challenging to do these tasks in my manual wheelchair.
How My Quantum Power Wheelchair Gives Me Independence
Using a power wheelchair, I can do more and be more productive and useful than most in manual wheelchairs. Having a Quantum power wheelchair with iLevel is the key to my success and being able to live alone. I can elevate my wheelchair seat, which is great for reaching stuff in my refrigerator and cabinets, or cooking on the stove or doing dishes. iLevel means that taking out the garbage is much simpler. My power chair allows me to have total independence, so I can live alone. It’s freeing!
So, while manual wheelchairs have their benefits, I have greater independence when I use my Quantum power wheelchair.
About Bryan Anderson: Bryan grew up and resides in Illinois. Injured by an IED in October 2005, Bryan is one of the few triple amputees to survive his injuries in Iraq. He is an ambassador for the Gary Sinise Foundation and a spokesperson for USA Cares, which is focused on assisting post 9-11 veterans. Click here to learn more about Bryan.
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