How To Choose a Wheelchair

For people that have problems with walking and standing, the wheelchair is considered to be their own personal automobile.  Yes, over the decades, the wheelchair has gone a long way from the standard ones that required the use of your arms to move and maneuver it to the high tech chairs that are electric powered and allows you to do a lot more with just a push of a button or a tap on the joystick.  Now, since there are a lot of brands, models, and makes out there featuring tons of different functions, it can become quite tough to choose the right wheelchair that will suit your needs.  This being said, here are some tips on how to select the right wheelchair for you.

  • Insurance please.  Before even shopping around and taking various wheelchair models for a test drive, you will want to check if your insurance policy covers the purchase.  Now most insurance policies will cover a percentage of the cost at the least but it is still important to check if your particular policy does.  Bear in mind that wheelchairs can sometimes cost even more than cars.  So, checking if your insurance can shoulder some of the costs would be a good start.  If it does not, then you will definitely have to consider using your own money for the contraption. 
  • Determine your needs.  For starters, evaluate your circumstance.  Will you be using the chair temporarily until you get rehabilitation and heal or will you be stuck on the darn thing for pretty much the rest of your life?  Answering this question realistically will greatly affect your needs.  If your answer is yes to the latter, then you will definitely want your wheelchair to fit your needs on the long term.  Hence, comfort, ease of use, supports, and power should be the main points to consider when shopping around.  On the other hand, if you need it for a few months at the most, then you might want to consider going with the basics with not too much frills which will equate to less costs.
    • With regards to the features, it would be wise to consult your physician or therapist so that he can prescribe you what you will need in the chair.  Never ever pick out a chair without the go ahead of a medical practitioner.  You don’t want to waste your money on a chair that won’t be able to provide you the features you will need.
  • Go for comfort.  If you plan to stay stuck in your chair for awhile, then you will want to go with a chair that has maximum comfort, one that will treat your derriere with respect.  This being said, make sure that the chair you choose is cushioned to the maximum.  Furthermore, you will want the support, arms, legs, and back, optimized as well.  For the back support, it is highly recommended to go with a support that will be at an angle of about 45 degrees.  For the cushions, go with memory foam which will adapt to the contours of your body making it more comfortable for you.  The arm and leg rests or supports should be cushioned as well. 

There will be other aspects of a wheelchair that you will need to keep in mind but most of them will be based on the prescription of your physician or physical therapist.  However, the tips above should be enough to help you get the right wheelchair model to suit your specific predicament.


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