Lower-limb amputees rely on a variety of mobility solutions, and no solution is right for every situation. While some use a prosthesis, others use crutches, and others use a wheelchair full time. But, even if you are a lower-limb amputee who primarily uses prosthetic devices or crutches, there may be a place for a wheelchair in your mobility toolkit, such as around the house for convenience or when you’re tired, at work, or going on a day trip or vacation.
If you use or are considering getting a wheelchair, the online community Wheel:Life can help answer any questions you might have.
The organization’s resources include:
- A website, a monthly e-newsletter, and Twitter (@WheelLifeOnline) and Facebook
- An upcoming e-book series
- An annual event that focuses on accessible travel
These resources can help you:
- Find health and medical information, related research, and news
- Explore educational and employment opportunities
- Research adaptive equipment, assistive technology, home modifications, and home medical equipment
- Network with peer support groups
- Discover accessible travel destinations
- Locate sports and recreational programs
- Enjoy a full and active life as a wheelchair user
The Wheel:Life website is updated regularly and includes articles on a wide variety of subjects, such as “Rolling Forward With Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber,” “Wheeling Around the World With Susie Twydell,” and “Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts.” Membership is free for anyone who uses a wheelchair.
For more information, visit www.wheel-life.org.