A transportable motorized wheelchair can be an obvious option to gain independent mobility for those without the use of their arms or legs. Lightweight chairs have become more and more popular especially for those users who must be transported by a caregiver. But a motor and battery will also mean it will weigh more than a manual chair.
Portable electric wheelchairs come in a variety of styles but are based on two different setups, traditional or platform. Traditional is a version of a manual wheelchair, while the power base in a platform chair is underneath the seat. With so many options, you'll want to make sure to stay educated to better inform your clients and patients of their options.
Consider the following power wheelchair information:
1. Transportable electric wheelchairs can lessen the strain of repetitive motions used with manual wheelchairs.
2. Buy transportable electric wheelchairs with your preference in drive—rear, front, center or mid-wheel drive. The type you choose effects the handling of the chair.
3. Find a portable electric wheelchair producer that can produce a chair for any special needs such as covering different terrain, lowering and raising the seat, climbing stairs or other functions.
Find a portable electric wheelchair onlineMany wheelchair providers have a website where you can perform all the research you need to make a wise choice. You can even order online and have the chair shipped directly to the customer. You may have to help your clients and patients with this option as some may not have access to the Internet or be familiar with it.
Visit a portable electric wheelchair storeFor a more traditional route, visit wheelchair stores. This may be the best option for your patients as they can test out a model right there in the store and check the features up close and personal.
Direct patients to accessories for their transportable powered wheelchairThere are many accessories that can be added to a wheelchair to make it more comfortable for your client. Some accessories, such as drink holders, also add to the quality of life.
- Recognize that each portable electric wheelchair maker must adhere to standards approved by the American National Standards Institute in association with the Rehabilitation Engineering Society of North America. The standards give requirements for wheelchair strength, weight and stability measurements.