For Better Mobility: A Quick Guide to Choosing the Right Wheelchair

Wheel chairChoosing a wheelchair today can be a difficult task. This is because there are many things to take into consideration, such as the design and features. The existing condition of the user and how long the mobility device will be used are some of the important factors to consider. You also need to look into your budget, as these do not come at really low prices.

Here are some factors you have to consider:

The Type of Wheelchair

The function and type of the wheelchair primarily depends on the needs and condition of the user. For instance, a user who is paraplegic for years may need an ergonomically sound chair that allows for comfort even after sitting on it for a long time. Often than not, this chair is customised. For maximum comfort, some even prefer mobility scooters from Vancouver companies. If you are nursing a short-term injury, you can just go for a generic wheelchair.

The Evaluation of Seat

The evaluation of the seat typically starts while the user is being rehabilitated. Changes on the ergonomic structure or certain functions of the seat are usually noted based on the improvement or decline of the user’s medical condition. More importantly, changes on the height and the weight of the patient also affects the type of the seat.

The Environment

Take note of the places where the wheelchair will be used. A generic wheelchair can only be used at home, but if you still maintain an active lifestyle or you travel a lot, you may need a wheelchair with additional functions and features that can cope with rugged environments, such as narrow alleys and forests.

These are only some of the things you need to keep in mind before buying a wheelchair. To get the right wheelchair, consult a reliable physical or occupational therapist.

About the Author

As a psychology professor at a university in Texas. Athrun also teaches at a personality development institute in the same state.