What to think about when buying a wheelchair
Mar 14, 2017
Are you planning on buying a wheelchair? For yourself or a member of your family? Do you know what you need? What is more important safety or comfort? Can you get both of those things along with efficiency in one chair?
More importantly, have you asked yourself the right questions? Have you thought of longevity? Do you know what the concerned person needs? Have you researched enough to buy that wheelchair?
Don’t fret. We’ve got you covered below. Ask the right questions to get the answers you’re looking for. Buying a wheelchair is not a small task, simple though it is. You need to be sure about what you want in a wheelchair and what you’re willing to compromise on.
If you are buying a wheelchair for a relative, be aware that some people are reserved towards the idea of using one. If that is the case, try and discuss the idea of using a wheelchair with them. Explaining how a wheelchair could improve their quality of life.
The key is to view the condition and regimen of the person who’s going to be using the wheelchair as objectively as possible. This will give you an insight into what this person needs in order to move without limits.
Consult The Doctor
Consulting with your doctor or therapist can help you figure out what kind of wheelchair would be best suited to your specific condition. A doctor will be able to tell you if you should be going with a power wheelchair or a manual wheelchair. Once you’ve heard their expert opinion it will be easier for you to zero in on which specific wheelchair you should buy.
Lightweight and Easy to Maneuver
The second important thing to think of is how much your wheelchair should weigh. Lightweight wheelchairs are obviously lighter and easier to maneuver. You must also consider the stability of the wheelchair and quality of materials used during this decision. If a lightweight wheelchair doesn’t suit your needs, there also power chairs that are electrically driven. There are even sports wheelchairs for those who would still like to play the game
Additional Features To Go For
What features would you want in something that you’re going spend a lot of time on? You may want to discuss different access features like a cup holder, a backpack or even a cane holder, etc. depending on your needs. You could also look for something with various possible positions and extra angle adjustments and so on. Whether you want something that can be used both indoors and outdoors extensively or not. These features are there to make your wheelchair use more comfortable and access friendly, so give the features added thought.
Where to Purchase
The fourth consideration is finding somewhere to buy your wheelchair. Whether you’d like to go to a local medical supply store or shop online. The advantage of purchasing the product online is that you can look at a ton of models and ranges and conduct a comparison of pros and cons side by side with the help of their descriptions and the might of the Internet. On the other hand, local stores offer the option of not just detailed descriptions and market opinion, but also the ability to test it out physically.
However, in both cases, you will end up getting what you need if you’ve already considered the points above.
Since there are many options for wheelchairs today thinking about the functionality and the maneuverability of the chair is what will really get you through this process. It’s always a good idea to look at the reviews of people who have actually bought the models you are considering. Pointers from real users can be very helpful in narrowing down your final decision.