Power chairs are designed for full-time use inside your home, outside your home, and everywhere in between.
Do you have trouble walking shorter distances? Do you need a full-time wheelchair to get around? Are you looking for a mobility device that's comfortable to use inside your home? Do you need a mobility device but have limited dexterity in your hands? Thinking about getting a scooter but are worried about staying balanced in the seat?
If you answered yes to any of the above, then a powerchair is the right choice for you!
SAVE TIME AND ENERGY
If you are using a manual wheelchair to get around, switching to a power chair will make your life easier and more enjoyable. Power chairs are more user-friendly than manual wheelchairs and are powered by a joystick that you control with one hand, saving you valuable time and energy. Their tight turning radius makes them easy to maneuver in tight spaces, like your hallways and bathrooms. Power chairs have stable, spacious seats and adjustable leg room, and they generally disassemble quickily into a few lightweight parts, making them easy to transport in the trunk of your car. If you are planning to fly, many power chairs are approved by the Federal Aviation Administration for you to take onto the plane.
Some power chairs come standard with rear and front wheels, while others come standard with mid-wheel drive (6 wheels). Mid-wheel drive is a unique feature to power chairs because they add an extra dimension of safety for the users, making it more maneuverable than those with front and rear wheels. The new generation power chairs sometimes have an elevating feature that allows you to raise the power chair up in order to reach taller countertops and shelves.
WHICH ONE IS RIGHT FOR ME?
When deciding on the perfect power chair for you, you want the best for you. If you will be using your power chair outdoors often, you may want to choose a more heavy-duty power chair. If you will be using it indoors most often, you'll want to focus on a tighter turning radius. For frequent travel, folding and travel power chairs are highly portable. There are many different seats available; if you are taller, you may prefer a power chair with a highback seat as opposed to the stadium-style seat. Be sure your power chair can hold your weight. If you know you will be taking long trips around town, you'll want to be sure to choose one with a longer driving range. When choosing a power chair that disassembles, be sure you or someone with you is able to lift the heaviest piece. When choosing a heavier-duty power chair, you will need a vehicle lift for transport.
Need help deciding whether a power chair is right for you? Our Mobility Specialists are happy to answer any questions that you may have!