June 04, 2021 3 min read
The thought of buying a wheelchair may seem simple, but there are actually many things to consider. In order to prevent being overwhelmed over the wide selection of wheelchairs available, here is our guide to help you select the right one.
Firstly, the most important step that many people miss out is choosing between a wheelchair and a pushchair.
Wheelchairs have larger rear wheels, meaning that users can self-propel. However, it is heavier and bulkier. Pushchairs on the other hand have smaller rear wheels, meaning that they are lighter and more portable. They are meant for people who require caregiver assistance.
Here is a short summary of the differences between a wheelchair and pushchair:
Once you have selected a suitable type of wheelchair, you are now ready to select your wheelchair.
Here is a list of things you may want to look out for in order to choose the perfect wheelchair.
Each wheelchair has different features to suit each users' differing needs. Here are some factors you should consider.
For those who tend to sit for longer periods of time on their wheelchair, you may want to prioritise user comfort and choose wheelchairs with added features that help to:
Promote ergonomic posture
Enable the user to be wheeled right up to a table for meals
Some wheelchairs are designed for travelling and are often extremely lightweight and portable, however they may be less comfortable compared to those designed for everyday use. They will be more useful for travel trips or outings.
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