Reduction of mobility can be very common as we grow old, which might make moving around a difficult task. In addition to old age, other factors that can lead to a loss or reduction in mobility are injuries, health problems and many more. Many products help people with limited mobility, move around freely and independently.
Mobility aids are assistive devices suitable for senior adults, injured people or people with decreased mobility due to other health issues, that help them carry on their daily routine without being dependent on caretakers. One of them is a wheelchair. Seniority has curated a wide range of wheelchairs that are specially designed to suit your requirements.
WHEN TO USE MOBILITY AIDS?
A mobility aid is helpful for people with temporary or permanent conditions that affect their mobility, balance and weight-bearing. Some mobility aids can be used by people with sufficient upper body strength and coordination such as walkers and crutches, while other mobility aids like wheelchairs are more suited for people with less upper body strength.
A few examples of situations where mobility aids are useful are:
• Loss of use of limb due to injury or permanent condition
• Weakened lower body
• Knee/Ankle/Foot/Back Surgery
• Fractures in the lower limbs
• ACL tear or injury
• Impaired balance
• Walking impairment due to brain injury or stroke
A wheelchair is one of the most used assistive mobility devices that promote mobility and enhance life quality for people who have difficulty walking. It gives a sense of independence and enables wheelchair users to live their lives as normally as possible. A proper wheelchair is also good for physical as well as mental health and can help in reducing sores and deformities caused due to incorrect posture. Examples:
Galaxy AWA Power Wheelchair – Ostrich Mobility Express Power Wheelchair – VermeirenBENEFITS OF WHEELCHAIRS
• Allow users to get around and undertake daily activities without assistance
• Reduce the risk of accidental falls
• Can fit and manoeuvre into small spaces
• Suitable for most terrains and surfaces
• Can help improve the user’s social life
TYPES OF WHEELCHAIRS
There are many types of wheelchairs available in the online and offline market.
Manual wheelchairs are propelled by the users themselves or an attendant or caregiver push them around. There are various types of manual wheelchairs such as transport wheelchairs, folding frame manual wheelchairs, rigid frame manual wheelchairs, ultra-lightweight manual wheelchairs, lightweight manual wheelchairs, standard weight manual wheelchairs and heavy-duty manual wheelchairs. They are also segregated based on their frame material, i.e., steel, aluminium, aircraft aluminium, titanium, carbon composite.
This type of wheelchair allows the user to move around without outing in any physical effort. It increases independence due to ease of use and allows users to travel greater distances without feeling tired.
This type of wheelchair has evolved from oversized wheels and tires to machines designed to tackle off-roading challenges. It comes with many specialized features like tank tracks, heavy-duty motors and batteries, reinforced frames and beefed-up suspension. These features have made this wheelchair a favourite among the users who want to take part in outdoor activities frequently.
• PEDIATRIC WHEELCHAIRS:
These wheelchairs are specially designed for kids and often resemble an adult wheelchair. This type of wheelchair can be fitted with positioning devices and required components and most models have adjustments such as backrest height, seat width, armrest and footrest height etc.
• MOBILITY SCOOTERS:
This type of wheelchair is configured somewhat like a cart. It is also known as a power-operated scooter/vehicle or an electric scooter. Mobility scooters commonly use tiller controls, seats that may swivel etc.
A commode wheelchair comes with an open seat and can be used in the shower or placed on the commode. It allows the user to go to the bathroom without needing assistance.
BENEFITS OF POWER WHEELCHAIRS
• SUITABLE FOR ALL:
A power wheelchair is suitable for all individuals requiring extra support to move around. There are many power wheelchairs to suit the user’s needs, irrespective of their height, weight or other factors.
• MAKES PLACES ACCESSIBLE:
You can move around on a power wheelchair indoors as well as outdoors, which consistently helps individuals who need mobility support. It also makes it easy to access places that may not be accessible on manual wheelchairs, such as climbing up slopes. A power wheelchair can help solve that problem.
• EFFORTLESS AND EASY HANDLING:
A power wheelchair is very easy to handle and manoeuvre. You just need to use the controls provided to move it around as per your need. It also allows effortless mobility and gives the user a sense of independence.
• NO FATIGUE:
Power wheelchairs are a more convenient option than manual wheelchairs as there is no chance of fatigue and getting stuck somewhere without help. The user can control the wheelchair and move around without getting tired.
• POWER WHEELCHAIRS AVAILABLE ON SENIORITY.IN
• Power Wheelchair Zip Lite – Vissco
Vissco’s zip lite power wheelchair is the perfect solution for individuals suffering from mobility problems due to various reasons. This power wheelchair is light in weight and has a weight-bearing capacity of 100 kg. The wheelchair is embellished with fire retardant upholstery, double seat cushions, back cushion, foldable backrest, detachable leg-rest, flip-up armrest, pneumatic tyres and can run 12 km in a single charge. It has all the important features that a user needs in a motorized wheelchair. The chair is suitable to be used in case of stability and balance problems, post-surgery, post paralysis, walking disorders, spinal injury, pelvic injury, and legs injury.
• Verve FX Power Wheelchair – Ostrich Mobility
Verve FX Power Wheelchair by Ostrich Mobility is an ideal choice for people with mobility problems. With the lowest turning radius, FX makes your life enjoyable indoors as well as outdoors. It has a foldable frame and allows tool-free disassembly which means that you can accommodate it in the smallest of cars for easy transportation. The lowest turning radius of the Verve FX power wheelchair makes manoeuvring very comfortable. Verve FX comes with a removable backrest, armrest and footrest. The swivel-able and foldable footrest help you manage space & allow easy access. The wide armrest comes with height adjustment.
• Venante Zip 1.0 Powered Wheelchair
Zip 1.0 by Venante is a wheelchair that is propelled with an electric motor rather than manual effort. It is useful for those unable to propel a manual wheelchair or who may need to use a wheelchair for long distances or over terrains that would be fatiguing in a manual wheelchair. This unique and easy-to-use power (motorized) wheelchair helps individuals with limited mobility, navigate with ease using a joystick controller, making them independent and mobile. This wheelchair can be used by stroke patients, paraplegic/quadriplegic, handicapped/disabled persons, or people suffering from lower limb illness/injury. It may also be used by people with cardiovascular and fatigue based conditions.
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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
1. What is a power wheelchair?
A power wheelchair is a mobility aid that is propelled with the help of an electric motor rather than manual effort. This type of wheelchair usually comes with a joystick that has all the controls required to manoeuvre the wheelchair.
2. How fast do electric wheelchairs drive?
Electric wheelchairs, or power wheelchairs can drive at any speed between 12 to 15 kilometres per hour. The speed also depends on the model you purchase.
3. What is the maximum weight they can carry?
Electric wheelchairs or power wheelchairs can carry 100 to 110 kilograms of weight. Their weight-bearing capacity also depends on the model you purchase.
4. How far can I go on a full battery charge?
Each charge can give you anywhere between 10 to 20 kilometres of distance coverage. It also depends on the model you purchase.
5. How heavy is a motorized wheelchair?
Power wheelchairs or motorized wheelchairs can weigh anywhere between 22 to 70 kilograms. You should choose a model based on your use and whether or not you have an available transportation option.
6. What is the difference between a scooter and a power wheelchair and how do I know which is right for me?
One difference between a power wheelchair and a scooter is that a scooter has a larger turning radius, making it easier to navigate through tight spaces. Driving a scooter requires good arm strength as well as fine motor control. Power wheelchairs are more suitable for people with lesser upper body strength and require very little effort to manoeuvre.
7. Can I take my power wheelchair outside?
It depends on the model you choose. Most power wheelchairs are completely suitable for outdoor use and can be manoeuvred easily on all types of terrains.
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