Purchasing a wheelchair is a big decision. It’s the mobility tool that you’ll use to help you get around. With such an important decision, you want to make sure that you’re choosing the right one. There is no one-size fits all kind of wheelchair, so here are a few things to consider to help you choose the right wheelchair for you.
Manual vs. Electric
One of the most important things to consider when looking for a wheelchair is to determine whether you want a manual or an electric one. If you need a wheelchair temporarily or occasionally, a manual wheelchair is a great choice. However, if you have limited mobility, a specific health condition, or need extra assistance for an extended period of time, an electric wheelchair may be a better choice.
Size and Dimensions
Wheelchairs come in many different sizes and dimensions. When it comes to a wheelchair, these things matter. You’ll want to find a wheelchair that is the correct size for you or you could end up having issues fitting into the wheelchair if it’s too small or slipping out of it if the wheelchair is too big. To determine the right size for your wheelchair, your age, weight, and height will be considered. Using these numbers, an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) will be able to find a wheelchair that fits you.
Arm and Footrest
Another thing to consider when looking for a wheelchair is whether you want arms and footrests. Arm and footrests are designed to provide wheelchair users with support and comfort. In addition to making the wheelchair comfortable, arm and footrests make it easy to get in and out of the chair. There is a variety of arm and footrest designs to choose from, so be sure to do your research.
Storage and Transportation
If you want a wheelchair that travels with you, you’ll need to consider storage and ease of transportation. There are many wheelchairs available that provide ample storage space for the user to put important items. If you’re an individual who doesn’t plan on using a wheelchair outside the house, storage may not be as important. If you’re someone who plans on using the wheelchair outside of the house, you’ll also want to consider the chair dimensions and the vehicle or mode of transportation together. You’ll want a wheelchair that is easy to transport in a vehicle.
Wheels are an important part of wheelchairs. They determine how the wheelchair should be used. For example, wheelchairs with smaller wheels tend to be better for indoor usage, while wheelchairs with larger wheels tend to be ideal for outdoor environments. You’ll want to determine how you’ll want to use your wheelchair and look for wheels that correspond to your goals. If you plan on using your wheelchair outdoors, you’ll need wheels that are big, durable, and low maintenance.
Find the Right Wheelchair at Freedom Mobility
Freedom Mobility Solutions has a wide variety of wheelchairs and certified Assistive Technology Professionals who can help you choose the right one. We will listen to your needs, take measurements, and recommend wheelchairs that are right for you. Get started today by visiting our Hanover, MD store or contacting us online to speak to one of our specialists.