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    Umbrella For Quadriplegic

    I think I can buy an umbrella mount for my wheelchair, and attach an umbrella, and probably open the umbrella. But if I need to close it to get into my van (to fit through the doorway), is there any way I can close the umbrella myself?
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    A good wheelchair poncho would seem to be much more practical. Why do you want to use an umbrella?

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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    I have an umbrella on my chair because (total 1st world problem/solution, I know) it makes it possible for me to read outside in the sun without glare.

    There is a weird little setup on my umbrella that makes it super easy to close, and it’s somehow an eensy biner and a shortish length of accessory cord around the piece that closes it, so I just pull. I will try and get a picture?

    I think the challenge you may encounter is that the umbrellas seem pretty tall and the one I have doesn’t telescope.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dnvrdave View Post
    I think I can buy an umbrella mount for my wheelchair, and attach an umbrella, and probably open the umbrella. But if I need to close it to get into my van (to fit through the doorway), is there any way I can close the umbrella myself?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SCI-Nurse View Post
    A good wheelchair poncho would seem to be much more practical. Why do you want to use an umbrella?

    (KLD)
    A poncho is a hassle to get on and off then you roll in to his van all that water is coming in with you!

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    all kinds of options




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    Note that the OP states he has C5/6 SCI, so would most likely have a hard time using an umbrella that requires pushing a button to open or close, much less dismount is from his chair independently. In addition an umbrella can be a real problem if it is windy; mounted on your chair you cannot change the angle of the umbrella to compensate, and risk getting a blown out umbrella that could also make steering the chair problematic, especially with a manual chair.

    (KLD)
    The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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