Wheelchair accessories are created specifically to boost one's quality of life. They're effective and useful and they aid your movement and independence. But most importantly they offer you excellent support and comfort. The process of selecting wheelchair accessories depends from person to person. Every individual will have a different set of requirements and chair. 

It is advisable that before looking for wheelchair accessories you ensure that you know which ones can truly improve the appearance and functionality of your chair. 

What should you keep in mind when choosing wheelchair accessories? 

Mobility is one of the biggest challenges for the recovery of abilities and compensation of disabilities, and for this reason, a large proportion of wheelchair accessories are intended precisely to improve that mobility, which as you already know is synonymous with autonomy and independence. 

For example, if you practice sport or recreational activities it is important that the accessories don’t hinder the practice of these activities. On the other hand, you have to keep in mind if your chair is going to be used outdoors, indoors or both in order to choose some accessories that could be very useful for you, as well as if you combine the use of a chair with that of a cane or crutches. 

If you know how to choose adequate wheelchair accessories you will considerably improve your mobility and comfort and you will have your chair ready for your daily routine like going to work, university, or the gym as well as for special occasions like trips and get-togethers with friends, etc. Consider that most wheelchair accessories are easy to install, are lightweight and not fixed so that you can use them only on the occasions that you need them. 

Types Of Wheelchair Accessories 

There is a wide range of wheelchair accessories. These are some of them: 

Cushions

Choosing the right cushion is very important and it depends as much on the conditions of each person as on what we want to achieve. The market is full of this type of product but the most recommended is to choose a pressure-relief cushion.

 Supports

These serve to hold and transport objects such as glasses or bottles but also crutches and canes. Within the supports, we could also include tables, which are very useful both at home and away from home. Generally, all these accessories are easy to install and don’t require special tools. However, before deciding on a support ensure that its dimensions are suitable for the objects that you want to place in it. 

Brake Extensions

These allow the user to reach the brake more easily if the standard handle is too short for you, in which case it is crucial to improving your mobility. 

Backrests

The most important thing about backrests is that they help us to maintain an upright, stable, and ergonomic posture. The selection is very wide but the use of materials such as carbon, which is lightweight and resistant, can help you to make a choice since this material offers the same resistance as aluminum but is much lighter. 

Off-Road Front Wheel

In this case, we’re talking about an additional front wheel for manual wheelchairs that eases the propulsion on sand, grass, mud, pavements or paving slabs. 

LED Lights

These are similar to those found on bicycles. They increase visibility in dark places and at night. Keep in mind that it is often necessary to drive on the road if the pavements are not accessible, thus making yourself visible is essential. Normally the packs of LED lights include two (white for the front end and red for the back) and generally with different positions (fixed and blinking). 

Did you already know about these possibilities? These are some of the major wheelchair accessories. We hope that this list can help you choose those accessories that best fit your needs.