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Understanding Your Adaptive Disabled Equipment
When you are reliant on specialist equipment,
as many of us are,
be it a
seriously modified disabled adapted vehicle, such as my van with on board
computers and lots of extra equipment, or a powerchair or hoist, or an
unreliable electric bed (yes I have one...) it PAYS to
really understand how everything works.
Its you that will be stranded or
trapped! Its you that will inevitably be cold or sat waiting hours or
whatever. The more you
know about how your equipment works the more chance of it getting fixed quickly and easily.
Knowledge is power.
on board your car!
You NEED to spend time
and study the manuals or workshop manuals if possible of powerchairs, breathing
equipment, accessibility equipment and your vehicle too!
My own van and powerchair for example has failed on a number of occasions.
But knowing how and why it worked in every tiny detail allowed me to fix or
remedy the situation one way or another and saved me from getting stuck in a strange town
at 2 am.
If you know something can fail like a tyre,
you can take suitable precautions. Your car should have at the very least a can
of puncture "fix" aerosol.
But more importantly you should know the
jacking points and the jack location and where the wheel brace and any locking
nut adapter are!
Have a look now
to make sure they are present and the spare tyre is inflated You may need
to tell anyone that can help you. Be responsible. Better still get a set of
Or at least get your powerchair and your car/van tyres filled with this
tyre puncture proofing stuff before
you need it
A battery connection or plug and socket? You
can fix it if you know where they are and what they do. Learn things like error
codes that your cars dash can display,
If you have read
all the books and handbooks you will have a good clue why your device isn't
behaving as it should. If you still don't know what something does then unplug
it and see what happens while at home in safety! Learn how your adaptive systems
work in detail a home in the warm and the dry. When you break down at night in
the rain and cold is a bad time to realise you need a fuse
for xyz to get home.
Or even a computer crash (there's one in the
luggage compartment that controls the automated door/ramp/lowering systems on my
van) and you can reset it. It wouldn't let me in!
The ramp and
door were all out of sequence. The book tells you what all the error codes and
beeps mean. It let me in and got me home after it failed late at night because
the information I needed to fix it was already in my head!
Whatever your equipment may be
- from oxygen equipment, valves, filters to electric beds you NEED to know it inside out.
Then when it
lets you down as it inevitably will do sooner or later you will know what is
wrong. Or at least have some idea. Knowledge is power and when you are disabled
or trapped in a wheelchair you may just need that power. And be prepared. Make
sure you have any spare bits that may be needed. Its really up to you.
Obviously this stuff is technical which simply rules out many
people. These people I cannot help. Or those too lazy to try. So make sure you have a interested teenager that likes taking stuff to
bits and fixing them. Read and understand all about your equipment and have any
spares and information ready with you in your vehicle when you go out along with
his (her?) mobile number!
Even if you call out
the AA or or some other rescue worker to get your power wheelchair, disabled
modded vehicle ramp working then it helps them if you understand what's
happening and can tell them what you think is wrong. Chances are they wont have
a clue about specific bits of equipment. It pays to learn, understand and to
have a simple, house, car door, starting key
cable tied to the underneath of your powerchair or wheelchair? Why not? You will
one day need it Do it today before you forget. And look into key insurance! Its