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How To Make The Most Out Of Wheelchairs And Accessories

Jun 10, 2008
There's much to consider in wheelchair shopping, despite the common belief that picking out a wheelchair is a simple process. There is just too much to consider in terms of weight capacity, turning radius, or even one's upper body strength. Obviously, the choice shouldn't be an impulse decision- and careful thought should be put into the process so as to get the best deal and satisfaction.

The first thing to consider is manual wheelchairs. They are the least expensive, but also the most tedious to use. In some cases, it's even mandatory for someone to help out with pushing when steep slopes are observed. Nevertheless, the manual wheelchair builds upper body strength- great for staying in shape even with a handicap. Manual wheelchairs also commonly double over as shower and bathroom usable objects.

Electric wheelchairs are an option for anyone who wants the benefits of mobility, but without the strenuous activity. Powered wheelchairs will cost more on average, but they are seen as a more permanent solution to one's disability, and are geared for maximum comfort. Powered wheelchairs commonly allow for more weight than manual wheelchairs, but they will be bulkier and heavier in effect. If the bulkiness of the product isn't an issue, powered wheelchairs are a great asset to have.

Electrical and motorized scooters are a newer type of contender in the mobility market. Such scooters are great for specific situations. Large supermarkets, for instance, will commonly have such scooters in safekeeping at their store for customer usage- such as in the case of Wal-Mart. Scooters are great for outdoor and shopping activity, but getting them to function indoors can be quite a task as their turning radius is often too low.

Choosing the best wheelchair of the above options can be tough, although there are a few characteristics of each that should make for an easy decision. In the most extreme of cases, there is need for a companion wheelchair- which can only be operated by a helping assistant. In less severe situations, motorized and electrical wheelchairs or scooters should be used. And finally, the manual wheelchair should be a resort for those who are still strong and able- and don't want to spend much money on the alternatives.

Lastly, it is important for consumers to pick a wheelchair based on their environment. A rocky and misshapen terrain will almost always require a need for motorized options, while manual wheelchairs are best suited for flat or small sloped terrains. Also to consider is the fact that turning radius can be too large for indoor use- such as the case with many scooters. To obtain more help on the situation, it's best to consult a physician or physical therapist.

Final Thoughts

Anyone looking for a wheelchair should talk over the situation with a friend or family member, and especially a physician. Doing so will give one vital advice and information on not only what they need, but for practical solutions that can save hardships and troubles. Doing so will not only save one frustration, but help them obtain a solution to their mobility problems.
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