You never know when you or a loved one may be faced with decisions on mobility. Decisions on power wheelchairs that will restore some level of independence and improve overall quality of life can be very difficult. What elements do you consider when shopping for the right power wheelchair?
An important element is defining your need for a power wheelchair. Power wheelchairs are designed for individuals who lack the upper body strength needed to maneuver a manual wheelchair. Power wheelchairs are customizable to the individual’s needs such as battery strength, hand controls and tires for different landscapes.
Length of use is a very important decision in power wheelchair shopping. Power wheelchair batteries can last between 4 and 8 hours depending on the anticipated use. Individuals that are going to use more of the battery during the day will need a stronger charger and larger battery to keep their power wheelchair going.
Another decision relates to the individual will be traveling with their power wheelchair. The frame and tires are dependant on the surface the individual will be traveling on. There are also power wheelchairs with light frames that fold for individuals that travel more often and need to store their device in a vehicle.
Your controls can be changed from joystick to touchpad or breathe control based on the individuals abilities. Some users may respond better to one movement control over the other, allowing them more independence and comfort.
Other accessories include seating, cup holders and places to store the individual’s personal items. Click here to learn more about the power wheelchairs and accessories available at New England Surgical.
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