O4 en… - Handbikes

In this ‘O4 and…’ instalment, we tell you more about how our Hoppers can be combined with third-party accessories. This recurring item aims to provide you with a good idea of the many options there are for your O4 wheelchair to provide you with even more wide-ranging support.
This first blog post of the series is all about O4 Wheelchairs and handbikes, a frequently requested modification that increases your wheelchair’s action radius and thus your living environment and your independence!


Why is shock absorption important in wheelchairs?

Anyone in a wheelchair will know what it’s like to ride over cobblestones. The uneven paving, bumps and knocks that you have to endure are not very pleasant. You could even suffer from headaches and neck or back complaints as a result. Just like a car, your wheelchair needs shock absorbers. This is the only way to enjoy a relaxed outdoor ride in your wheelchair.

How do you make a wheelchair hip?

In general, wheelchairs are not a product that you wish to be seen in. This is mainly because of the standard appearance of a wheelchair. Most wheelchairs are colourless, boring and old-fashioned.

Inspiration from nature
That has to change. We are of the opinion that a wheelchair can definitely be made to look hip. It is possible to make a good-looking wheelchair, one that you want to be seen in. Our designer always says: a wheelchair should be an adornment for the body. That’s why the wheelchairs of O4 have a modern and unique design. For a trendy wheelchair we look for natural forms. Nature inspires us to build wheelchairs in round, organic and flowing forms, enabling the wheelchair to shed its old-fashioned character. The colour of the wheelchair is determined by the user.

How important is the weight of a wheelchair?

To be able to take your wheelchair in the car with you easily while you yourself sit somewhere else, the weight of the wheelchair is important. The less weight, the less strenuous it will be for your body to lift the wheelchair in and out of the car. This also means that your wheelchair must be very minimalist. The less material used, the less heavy the wheelchair. However, it is important to ask yourself: Am I losing comfort and stability? Is it not just about the total weight but also about how this weight is distributed?

Can I receive compensation for my wheelchair?

Yes, you can receive compensation for your wheelchair. How much and the conditions for compensation are determined in the Netherlands by the Social Support Act (WMO) or the Personal Care Budget (PGB) that you receive from your health insurer.

If you need advice on requesting compensation and PGB´s, you can ask your occupational therapist and dealer to help you. It is important however that you submit the correct medical arguments. You can request examples of such arguments from our company. It would be advisable to request compensation for your wheelchair together with your dealer.

More information
Germany maintains other rules and regulations for wheelchair compensation. For further information, you can contact the Krankenkasse.