Things to Consider When Choosing a Power Wheelchair
There may come a time when you are faced with decisions concerning your own, or a loved one’s mobility and quality of life. It is a well-known fact that for a person who has restricted mobility, nothing can improve their morale faster than by finding a way to restore at least some of their former independence. A power wheelchair is just one method for doing so, and when looking at the variety of models and options, you can be rightfully confused as to which one would be the best choice.
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What is a Power Wheelchair?
A power wheelchair is essentially a device is essentially a wheelchair that is assisted by an attached power source. The power source in this case is a battery that provides the energy to move the chair at the guidance of its rider. Unlike manual wheelchairs, this electric chair is perfect for anyone who may not possess the upper body strength required to move themselves along in a manual wheelchair.
With this type of wheelchair controlled and powered by the batteries and controls attached to it, it makes regaining individual independence very easy to achieve. Everything about it is completely customizable, from the size and duration of the battery, to the type of controls needed to control its movement. Clients have personally designed models they bought to suit and anticipate every need that the intended user could ever want.
Batteries, Frame and Tires
The standard battery for a wheelchair of this type can last from 4 to 8 hours, depending on its charge. Longer life batteries are available as options on most models, perfect if the user will be spending a lot of time using it, especially outside the home. Speaking of taking it on the road, there are also models available that have specially designed frames for travel. These lighter frames also fold, an important attribute for anyone planning to travel with one in the car for a loved one.
Tires are also an important part of expanding anyone’s use of a power scooter, as they are sometimes called. How far would you travel if you knew that you could customize your ride by adding all-terrain tires and a mounting platform for them that would ride higher than the standard model to get over that tough terrain?
Controls and Accessories
The best thing about a power wheelchair is that they do not require a lot of upper body strength to control their movement. Controls can be designed to operate through finger touch on a panel, a joystick or even breathe control. Comfortable seating is a must, as well as accessories to make using power wheelchairs that much more comfortable, like cup holders and places to store personal items and purchases.