A majority of youngins’ these days don’t realize just how high the cost of living can be as you get older. Medicine, healthcare, transportation, and canes for hitting those disrespectful youngins – these are a few of the things you start screaming about as you age. These items are not cheap, and some are downright unaffordable, especially in more impoverished countries.
Thailand is a country rife with poverty. Where many families can barely afford medicines, supporting the aging and older can become a burden. Thankfully, designer Apichai Inthutsingh has a way to make at least one medical necessity a lot more cost-friendly, and may we say, stylish?
Using charity-donated, second-hand pushcarts collected from supermarkets, Apichai has created what he calls the “Cart Wheelchair DIY” that brings in a bit of retro supermarket cart style while giving the carts a second life, and the disabled more mobility. By reconfiguring the pushcart’s basket and adding cushions, brakes, and a rear basket, the once unwanted shopping cart becomes a much desired, cost-effective wheelchair.
Nothing stripped from the shopping cart goes to waste. The metal cut from the pushcart’s front to make room for the person is used to make the basket behind the passenger seat. The back of the pushcart is fixed in place, the sides are bent down for armrests and a footrest is fashioned from what’s left.
Apichai created two versions of the Cart Wheelchair DIY: one which can be manually controlled by the rider and the other which needs to be pushed by someone else. Best of all, he’s providing them for free to those in need. Considering how cheap, lightweight, and easily built these wheelchairs are, it’s no wonder more people are rolling up their sleeves to create more of them for the impoverished people of Thailand to use; it’s estimated that thousands of the carts have been created.
While the initial plan is to supply the less fortunate in Thailand, Apichai hopes to expand the reach of the Cart Wheelchair DIY to war-torn countries and the rest of the world. You can find out more at the Cart Wheel Chair Donat Facebook page and get a better idea of the construction, with an overview of how the cart-to-wheelchair transformation occurs, in this video that shows the steps to create it: