NiCosy – Wheelchair Blanket

USERS RATING:
(Based on the users needs, lifestyle and preferences.)

Item Description:
NiCosy wheelchair blankets are made of polar fleece and snag-free velcro, enabling the user to undo/close the blanket with ease.

Source of Item:
NiCosy Wheelchair Blankets

Diagnosis:
Myalgic Encephalitis (ME), Tourettes Syndrome, Fibromyalgia & Hypersomnia

Personal Opinion:
As a newly ambulatory (part-time) wheelchair user, I’ve only just realised have how cold it gets when using my chair. We are not ‘exercising’ in the same way we would be when walking and therefore are not keeping our bodies warm by moving; yet keeping warm is vital in managing my symptoms, particularly pain and circulation. Fellow wheelchair users will know just how much of a pain it is when a regular blanket gets stuck in the wheels, whilst you are trying to self propel or steer a joystick! So when I received my Nicosy wheelchair blanket, I wondered why I hadn’t got one sooner!

Specification:
Together the adjustable side release buckle and velcro fastening allow the blanket to clip around the back of any chair, open up the blanket; sit down and then fasten down the centre/front of your legs. I struggle with fiddly things such as buttons and zips, so bending forward to zip something up is impossible. Making it difficult if I don’t have someone on hand to help, as most wheelchair blankets require this action. Thankfully I can use my NiCosy without the support of my carer, allowing me to maintain a level of independence. Plus I find ‘sleeping bag’ style blankets too restrictive, so I also really appreciate the fact this blanket opens at the feet makes me feel much more at ease.

The blanket is surprisingly soft due to the polar fleece fabric, and although intended mainly for indoor use, I have found it great as a lightweight alternative to a blanket for days out. The type of fabric also makes it much easier to wash as opposed to a fluffy blanket. Best of all, it is available in a huge range of colours and patterns to suit your personality. There are also two large pockets, which are so handy for keeping a snack or sunglasses in as well as my phone when using my wheelchair.

Packaging & Delivery:
The NiCosy arrives well wrapped in biodegradable packaging, along with a small information card and promotional flyer. 

Using The Item:
Not only is the Nicosy blanket perfect for wheelchair users, but it is also brilliant for indoor use such as sitting on the sofa reading. Other uses of the Nicosy include sitting in an armchair, taking to the hospital, relaxing on a sun lounger in the garden, and during a long day trip. I particularly love using my NiCosy on the beach in Brighton. I’m fortunate in the fact, I can walk from my chair or car down onto the pebbles on Brighton beach, I, therefore, take my blanket off my chair with me when I leave the chair and down onto the beach to keep me nice and warm.

‘Wearable wheelchair warmth’ is just what it is! What I like most about the design is you can wear it like a skirt when walking around the house (which as an ambulatory wheelchair user, this is something I do. When getting out of my chair, into my car or onto the sofa I have discovered keeping the blanket velcroed around my waist ensures I am comfy and warm!

Conclusion:
I am obsessed with this product! It is more than just a blanket and is 100% worth every penny! I have not had it long enough to comment on how well it wears with age, I look forward to updating users on this in due course.

The minute this arrived, I knew I would love to use it, so much so I am considering getting another one for the car as this one now sits permanently on my chair! 

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TOTAL RATING

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How useful was this review? 5 ( 3 votes)