Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Trying To Keep Dry

Ronnie needs an umbrella for his wheelchair. When we were waiting for the school bus last week when it was raining, he had a tough time staying dry. Both Chip and I had umbrellas - one we were holding over Ashley, and a really big one we were holding over Ronnie. But, his pants and shoes still got pretty wet.

So, I've begun my search for an umbrella and holder that can be attached to his wheelchair, but so far I'm not finding much.

I googled 'wheelchair umbrella', got lots of hits, and almost all of them were for this:

But this was a very specific warning that the product contained latex and was not appropriate for people with latex allergies (Ronnie). And, they weren't cheap. this particular model ranged from $30-$60.

So I tried another angle. I searched for 'golf bag umbrella holder', and found this:

It looks like it could hold any umbrella, and it looks pretty well made (at least in the picture). The lowest price I could find for it was $16.

I'm going to try to find a golf store in town and see if they have the holder. But I wondered if any of you had figured out the umbrella/wheelchair thing. If so, what was your solution?


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Azaera said...

That's a great idea. Using a golf bag umbrella holder. Unfortunately I have no idea what you'd use for that. I hope you can find something that works.

Rubypat said...

That looks great - have been wondering the same thing - keeping a child in a wheelchair dry. I do have an adult bike poncho that I think would fit over the whole chair - will have to get it out and try it. To date we're still having lovely autumn weather, with hardly any rain, so haven't really needed anything. But I'd love to have an umbrella attachment for summer for her, too. One thing that I found that really works on her wheelchair, is a Jolly Jumper Stroller Caddy. It fits on the handles of the wheelchair, and provides space for two drink bottles, a small pack of tissues/wipes, phone, wallet, keys, etc. without weighing down the wheelchair or getting in the way.

ANewKindOfPerfect said...

What about one of these? This is what we have for my daughter's wheelchair. It's great for rain AND sun. I really don't understand why wheelchairs can't come with canopies, like strollers do.