Close to 15 percent of individuals living in Canada report that they suffer from some type of disability that limits their mobility. An estimated three percent of those reporting a disability are children under the age of 14. As the population continues to age, the current figure of 4.4 million people who are disabled in Canada will only continue to rise. Despite a lack of mobility and the severity of their disability, most men, women and children still want to be as active as possible and participate in the day to day activities of living. Gaining mobility by using a wheelchair helps anyone of any age with any degree of disability to get where they want to go rather than being restricted to a bed. But since purchasing a wheelchair can prove to be an expensive proposition, renting a wheelchair is the cost effective way to go.
Chronic medical conditions, such as arthritis, often create mobility problems that can be solved by the rental of the right wheelchair. Individuals who are temporarily disabled due to a twisted ankle or broken leg, and who cannot stand up or put weight on their own legs, are still able to get around their home and property by using a wheelchair. Young people who suffer a sports injury may need a wheelchair to get around while their injury heals. A physician may recommend that a patient use a wheelchair for several weeks after having major surgery while their stitches heal and they recover fully. Individuals who have been involved in traffic accidents often need to take it easy for a week or two and use a wheelchair to get around.
Elderly individuals who feel frail and often dizzy due to blood pressure issues and muscle weakness often feel safer securely seated in a wheelchair while going about such daily activities as doing the dishes or folding the laundry in their own homes. Many caretakers prefer to use a wheelchair when helping an elderly person into an automobile or into bed at the end of the day. Wheelchairs allow senior Canadians to stay active and participate in life to the fullest every day.
Wheelchair rentals enable an individual to regain much of the freedom they have lost due to a permanent or temporary medical condition. Wheelchair rentals are much more budget friendly than purchasing a wheelchair outright and the rental time can be extended or ended early as the patient’s health and physical condition dictates. With a wide range of wheelchairs, including steel manual wheelchairs and easy to navigate electric wheelchairs in addition to a full range of wheelchair accessories, rentals make a patient’s life much more comfortable and convenient. Rental wheelchairs can accommodate people of all sizes and some lightweight models are designed for easy folding when traveling.