Now that September has arrived, Autumn is fast approaching which means the cold weather will soon be with us. It can be difficult for wheelchair users to keep warm during the winter months which is why we want to make sure you or your loved one are prepared. We shouldn’t have to dislike going out in the cold, there are a number of ways to help make outings during the winter enjoyable for the wheelchair user through staying warm. Keep those cold feelings at bay with our top tips!

Thermal Clothing

Wearing thermal clothing under your outfit will be sure to keep you warm in your wheelchair as it can control your body temperature and provide more layers to trap heat. You can choose your thermal fabric depending on how warm you want your body to be, there are both lightweight and heavyweight options. It is a great idea to invest in some comfortable thermal clothes to make sure you do not get cold in your wheelchair during the winter. If you find it difficult to put on multiple layers of clothing you can also try to use leg or arm warmers to put over your clothes which will preserve your body heat.

Heated Gloves

Heated gloves are a great way to stay warm in a wheelchair, they are perfectly safe and can be turned on with a battery, which is integrated within the glove. The glove batteries can be replaced or recharged so you do not have to worry about running out of power. Some heated gloves also allow you to choose a setting which means that you can control exactly how warm the gloves get. Use heated gloves to get rid of that awful chilly feeling while out in your wheelchair!

Wheelchair Cover/Cosy

A wheelchair user can buy a cosy to keep warm this year. A wheelchair cosy is a perfect alternative to a blanket as it covers the wheelchair and will stay in place so you don’t have to worry about it falling off! You can get fleece-lined wheelchair covers that are extremely snug and will cover your feet and legs, keeping half of your body warm. These wheelchair covers are also usually waterproof so you don’t have to worry about the rain while out and about.

Heat Pad

Heat pads can be extremely helpful for keeping warm in your wheelchair during the winter, they will not only keep a chosen part of your body warm but can help with pain. You can use heat pads to relax your muscles in the cold weather, which is why so many wheelchair users are big fans! You can find these pads in a range of sizes and styles to suit your requirements so they are definitely worth investment for the winter.

Beanie Hats

Beanie hats are ideal for keeping warm in the winter months as they stop anybody heat from leaving through your head. Wool is the best material for your beanie hat as it can regulate your body temperature and evenly distribute heat, meaning that it will keep you warm when you are cold in your wheelchair and cool you down when you are too hot. Choose a woolly hat in your favourite colour this winter.

Winter Boots

Help keep your feet warm in your wheelchair with some insulated winter boots. Winter boots are durable, waterproof and are sure to keep your feet from the cold. There is a huge range of winter boots to buy which means you can match them to your style, why not feel warm and look great? The best type of winter boots are ones that have wool inside for perfect insulation.

Practical Coat

The thickness and fabric of your coat have a huge impact on keeping warm when out in your wheelchair. Did you know that the world’s warmest coat is made out of thick wool? Wool is the best option for a wheelchair user when choosing a coat to conserve body heat, it struggles to release heat which means that you will be kept warm in your wheelchair. A coat with a hood is also a great idea to keep you dry when it rains.

You may find it easier to stay inside and snuggle up under a blanket by the fire but ensuring you keep warm when heading out in your wheelchair during the winter is extremely important. Our tips will help you to face the cold safely and comfortably. The colder days will come sooner than expected so make sure you get everything you need to stay warm in your wheelchair.

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