Power Wheelchair Guide
Power Wheelchair Guide
Your guide to selecting the perfect Power Chair
Buying a new power (or electric) wheelchair can seem like a daunting task. However, making the right buying decision does not have to be difficult. Here are the most important things to consider when selecting a power wheelchair.
Your Current and Future Mobility Needs
Consider your current lifestyle and the activities that you engage in typically. Think about the usual tasks that you perform each week and other leisure activities that you enjoy. Also keep in mind any potential lifestyle changes that may add to or change your mobility needs. Here are some questions to think about:
- Do you travel often and need a device that is easy to transport? If so, consider a travel power wheelchair.
- Are you indoors most of the time and looking for a durable power chair with a tight turning radius? Many of the full size power wheelchairs are agile enough to maneuver indoors easily but are also extremely stable and durable enough for daily use.
- Do enjoy outdoor activities that require navigating rougher terrain? Many full size power wheelchairs have larger wheels designed for smooth rides and specially designed casters to add stability on uneven surfaces.
Your Physical Abilities & Needs
Your physical abilities and needs are also important in helping determine which kind of power wheelchair would be best for you. Here are some things to consider:
- Do you need the ability to adjust the armrests or leg rests?
- Will you be most comfortable in a high-back captain's seat with a headrest or will a low-back model work for you?
- Do you need a model with a higher weight capacity?
There are other things to think about to help you determine the best power wheelchair for you. These include:
- How important is battery range to you? Do you need a model that can go 25 miles per charge or will a 10-mile model work for you?
- What about speed? Are you expecting to use the chair for leisure activities indoors, in which case a model with a top speed of 5 MPH or less would likely be fine. However, if you will be traveling around town in your chair frequently, you may want a model that can go 6 MPH or faster.
- Are there other accessories or add-on features that you need? For example, do you require oxygen and need an oxygen holder? Or do you use a cane or walker? Most models offer accessories to help with these things.
Still Have Questions?
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