Consider how much time you spend awake every day. How many hours of the day are you up and about? For most people it’s around 15 or 16 hours.
Now imagine spending all that time in one chair. Imagine getting out of bed and being put in a chair (often being transferred with an electric hoist) and spending pretty much all your waking hours in that one chair before being lifted back into your bed in the evening.
Now imagine that your disability didn’t allow you to wriggle. When I sit in a chair for a long period of time I’m constantly wriggling around to relieve the pressure on muscle, bones and skin. I cross and uncross my legs and shift and stretch and stand up. People with a severe physical disability can’t do this. They can’t alter their position or posture to make themselves comfortable. They don’t have the ability.
Wheelchairs have to be customised to fit the user because someone with a severe physical disability spends all day in their chair and can’t alter their posture. It has to be made as comfortable as possible for their comfort and quality of life.
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