Buying a wheelchair is probably the most important task in the world for someone who is not mobile. To this user, this wheelchair will be part of him, to act as his limbs for a very long time, day in day out, everywhere he goes the wheelchair must be able to bring him there. Here we will discuss how to select a wheelchair for yourself.
First thing, you probably need to do is to think of what is required out of that wheelchair. Is it just for day to day use? Has it got to be foldable so that you can put it into a vehicle boot? Has it got to have reclining function? Do you need a wheelchair that climb stairs? In the back of our head we can already think of the various types of wheelchairs available in this ever-changing industry. Disabled wheelchair, lightweight titanium wheelchairs, children wheelchairs, bariatric wheelchairs, paraplegic wheelchair, transport wheelchair and sports wheelchair.
Whether you are getting a brand new wheelchair or a used wheelchair due to budget constraint., we do suggest you look for a top name brand wheelchair. Top brands include Invacare, Quickie, Breezy, Jazzy, Evermed, Guardian, Everest & Jennings, Otto Bock, TiSport, Colors, Halls Wheels, Top End, and etc.
If you need specialized seating, or are not able to take the needed measurements, we strongly suggest buying your wheelchair from a dealer in your area, or working with a seating clinic. While you may pay more, you will be much happier in the long run.
Getting the wrong wheelchair be totally useless or even dangerous to the users health, but there can also be up to a 25% restocking fee if you order the wrong wheelchair and have to return it. The good news is that picking a wheelchair that best fits your needs is not really that difficult. The main things you need to know is the size needed, wheelchair style, weight capacity, seat size, seat height and what type footrest and armrest are needed, as these are the main things that will make you feel comfortable and safe while using the wheelchair.
How to Select a Wheelchair for Yourself
When purchasing a car, most consumers are very picky about the price range, the color, the make and model, and the little extras available. For instance, does the care have power seats, an air conditioner, a compact disc player, etc. Why not be as careful when selecting a wheelchair for yourself. Compared to a car, most people requiring a wheelchair spend the majority of wakeful hours seated in the wheelchair. In addition, many electric wheelchairs can cost as much as a new car. So, before spending a large sum of money, take great care selecting a wheelchair for you.
First, decide whether you need a manual or electric wheelchair. Individuals with good upper body strength often choose a manual chair because wheeling from place to place is an excellent form of exercise. As upper body strength improves, so does the ability to proper the chair forward or backward. The second consideration is portability. Manual wheelchairs can be made to fold and come apart, to store in the trunk or a passenger seat. Being lightweight and portable, the chair can be disassembled. The wheels can be removed, in addition to the foot and arm rests. A caregiver can place the wheelchair in the trunk, or the disabled individual can stow the chair within the interior of the car.
On the other hand, when selecting a wheelchair for yourself, an electric model may be preferable. Quadriplegics and people with weak torsos and arms will need and electric wheelchair. Although the chair is cumbersome, electric wheelchairs can be equipped with extended backs, headrests, harnesses, and other amenities to provided greater support and comfort. Many chairs actually recline, so a severely handicapped loved one can rest during the day.
Also, when selecting a wheelchair for your measure. Yes, have someone measure the length from elbow to palm for the armrests; measure from waist to the point you want the backrest to end; measure from hip to knee for length of the seat, and hip to hip for width; and measure from knee to foot to determine the necessary length for the footrests.
Finally, select the type of cushion for comfort and to avoid pressure sores. The sores can be debilitating and life-threatening if infection becomes a complication. Personally, a gel cushion is quite comfy. However, in cold climates, the gel can freeze if left in the car. The best solution is to consult a doctor or the sales person to determine the cushion for your particular needs.
Like a car, selecting a wheelchair for long-term usage is a major decision. If the chair does not fit and provide the necessary support, you will soon be totally uncomfortable and stuck with a hated chair. As a result, you may suffer complicating health problems, not to mention a costly investment in misery. Therefore, make an informed decision before laying down the cash, and enjoy selecting a wheelchair made just for you.