Sheila wont give up

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Tengu

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Dads friend has had several strokes and has difficulties in getting around.

But she likes her adventures...

Sheila has set her sights on Lapland...Reindeer and all.

(and the dogsled...Dont forget the dogs)

Dad is her slightly appalled carer when on holiday. (Dad is not the adventurous type)

Any how, he now needs advice for someone who can walk a bit, but is mostly in a wheelchair. How to dress someone who needs a bit of help. (we have all ready decided moonboots which is what we would wear in such conditions would not do with her stability issues)

What do people who live in such places do in winter?

And planning further, is there a tour company that caters for the adventurous but severely disabled???
 
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Dogoak

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I think we need one, or more, of our Scandinavian members to see this thread.

Dress wise just think winter layers and then some! A wheelchair user is more static and therefore will definately need a higher level of insulation. I know you can get leg covers for wheelchair users, a winter rated sleeping bag would probably be better. A decent hat and decent gloves or mitts will be a must.

I hope Sheila and your dad have a great time.
 

shaggystu

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In a dogsled being a wheelchair user is no different to you or I, we're all just tucked in with lots of blankets, I don't see why the same approach wouldn't work in a wheelchair. Warm boots (maybe down booties or similar) normal clothes (layers of wool and fleece, down/lofting synthetics don't work well when they're sat on) warm hats, blankets......plenty of protein rich food to generate heat.

Also: let me get back to you about a travel company, I have a friend who might know something.
 

Tengu

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Thanks guys, I knew you lot wouldnt throw your hands up in horror at Sheilas ideas.

Her main hurdle, of course, is travel insurance...
 

sunndog

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Cheap heated clothing such as a waistcoat might be a good back up.
Otherwise advice as above but don't forget to insulate the seat and back of the wheelchair
 

Herman30

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I would advice to wear a thick winter coverall, something similar that snowmobilers use. At least that is what I would want to wear if I would have to sit alot outside in Lapland.
Another option would be to sit inside a sleeping bag.
 

Tengu

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Very good.

My fathers main concern is using a wheelchair in the snow. (Since he will be the motive power unit.)

I take it you can get snow chains/winter tyres?