Powerchairs are perhaps one of the most effective ways for people with mobility issues to enjoy a much needed (arguably, absolutely vital) level of independence.
However, if you are currently looking into different walking aids for a loved one, or else have a vested interest in the different types of mobility products, then you have arrived in the right place. Continue reading to learn if powerchairs are ideal with everyone with mobility issues.
Manual VS Power
When considering if a powerchair is the right choice for your or your loved one’s personal situation, you should first look to the differences between a manually powered chair and an electrically powered one.
It is worth noting that usually, although not always, a manually powered wheelchair is often more lightweight and can be folded together, making it definitely more portable than an electric one. However, powerchairs are much more appropriate for those who have weaker upper body strength, reduced movement in their arms, elbows and hands and also for people who are living with a neurological disorder which affects movement.
Talk to Your Medical Doctor
One of the best ways to decide if a powerchair is entirely suitable to your specific needs is to book an appointment with your medical doctor, who will presumably be fully aware of your own medical issues and will be able to advise on the best way to proceed.
In addition to consulting with your doctor, contacting experts in the field such as those at mobilitysolutions.co.uk will result in tailormade advice as to which chair is the right one for you. What is more, you will be able to test drive your powerchair and be able to contrast the feeling of safety, security and ease of movement with a manual alternative.
If you or your loved one has limited movement in the hands and fingers and need to find an alternative way to move and maneuver the chair, then a powerchair is naturally a much more sensible and practical choice.
For example, many makes and models of powerchairs either come with, or can be adapted to house, controls which can be operated with the chin, head or even mouth instead. It would also be worth noting that those chairs which are powered by the rear wheels are far more powerful than those with front wheel drive, whereas the latter make avoiding obstacles less of a problem.
Is a Powerchair for You?
Essentially, having considered the differences between a manually powered and electrically powered wheelchair, the fundamental decision comes down to whether or not operating the former on a regular and even daily basis is possible and comfortable for the individual.
A powerchair is basically a combination of a mobility scooter and a traditional, manual wheelchair and possess characteristics and design additions to ensure the user is able to experience the highest level of freedom they possibly can. A powerchair will result in you or your loved one being able to experience the best possible quality of life for as long as you can.