Valentine’s Gift Ideas for Wheelchair Users

February 13, 2010 at 8:35 am 2 comments

We  are not much of gift-givers on Valentine’s day; instead we just have a nice dinner out or make a great dinner at home.  However, I happened upon this article (10 Great Gift Ideas for every type of Wheelchair User) and wanted to post it to give and get some feedback.  Some of the items on the list I am quite familiar with and others, not so much.  

My favorite on the list has to be the tire covers.  These I have seen before and I think are a great idea for trying to keep your floors clean.  This can be like mission impossible otherwise.  I do think, though, that it is one more thing for the user to do, and it does not take into consideration the dirt and debris that gets caught in the spokes, side guards, cushion and under the chair itself.  For personal use, we have opted to pass on this one, but I can certainly see the benefit when visiting someone’s house, as they may not be so inclined to invite you in on a snowy or rainy day!

We also have had personal experience with using the Automotive hand controls.  My husband had these when I met him, and as a new Occupational Therapist I was intrigued, and concerned.  Each one of these controls attaches to the gas pedal and brake, respectively.  It allows the user to control the gas pedal and brake by pushing on the handle with your hand instead of your feet.  Of course, being the new OT I wanted to see how they worked.  So we set them up in my old Honda Civic and gave them a try!  The controls would rest in Bill’s lap and he would use one hand on either the gas or brake, and the other on the wheel.  So how do you manage the turn signal, windshield wipers or horn if you need them?  What about your reaction timing when going from the gas pedal control to the brake control?  They would just rest in his lap; how easy is it to switch/ what if they got caught up in your lap since you can’t look at them, you have to just grab for the other control?  My OT synapses were firing: hand function, sensory impairment, reaction timing, legs and steering wheel in the way, will they stay on the pedals??? 

I think that this is a good idea but continue to be concerned about the application.  I would recommend that anyone who has a disability and wants to drive be checked out by a rehabilitation driving program.  They will be able to recommend specific modifications for driving that will keep you and others safe on the road, as well as help with any liability just in case there is an accident.  

Otherwise, the cup holder, gloves, and backpack are great accessories to any wheelchair user.  The light and spinners look like fun, but are definitely a personal touch.  Let me know your thoughts on these and the others on the list


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  • 1. Zac Collins  |  February 13, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    I’ve never seen the spinners before. Quite expensive though. That’s one of the nicest seat cushions I’ve seen too.

  • 2. Gene  |  October 31, 2010 at 8:21 am


    My name is Gene. I am the manufacturer of the Wheelchair Tire Covers. We call them Wheelchair Slippers.

    I agree that Wheelchair Slippers are a must have when visiting someone at home. But not only. Imagine visiting someone in a hospital, or going to a swimminig pool, spa or any place where being sanitary is a must. Tracking dirt, snow or dog poo inside will definately be uncool. Also, if there are small children in your own home who are spending time on the floors, it is important to pay attention to cleanliness. As a wheelchair user, it is good to have a pair on hand, even if you decide not to use them in your own home.

    Wheelchair slippers are machine washable. We see little difference even after repeated washing. We make them to be non-slip and they have a nice finish. Frankly, they are one of our most popular products.

    As for the price of our products, remember that all of our prices include the cost of worldwide shipping by registered post. So, the price you see on the website is the final price. No other taxes, shipping fees or otherwise.

    If you have any questions about any of our wheelchair accessories, feel free to contact me via the “contact us” form on the website. We try to answer responses in 24 hours.



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