Choosing The Right Electric Wheelchair For You

The electric wheel chair is probably one one of the greatest inventions of the 20th century. The mobility these have given the disabled has created opportunities that may have been otherwise impossible. Those that were unable to function in society now have a new lease on life.

For those that only have a temporary disability, you can still experience the freedom this provides while in the healing stages. There’s nothing else that  provides such freedom while in the healing stages of an injury.

One thing to keep in mind when choosing from the wide variety on the market today is to try different styles out to find out which wheelchair is going to fit your needs and lifestyle. Every chair is different so before selecting one be sure to sit in it and test it out. Comfort is of the utmost importance as you will be spending a fair amount of time sitting in your new wheelchair.

Like everything else, prices can range from under a thousand dollars to 5 and 6 thousand dollars for the higher end models. If your limited mobility is due to a temporary injury you might consider renting to save money during your healing stage.

The most powerful chairs are of the rear drive variety. There are also front drive models available that are designed to give you a considerable amount of maneuverability but at the cost of power. Most electric wheelchairs are designed for indoor/outdoor use but make sure you ask the manufacture about this.

There is also what is called the lightweight wheelchair, these are designed in a way that they can be broken down and transported easily. They are made of lightweight materials such as aluminum to reduce weight. If you have a fair amount of upper body strength then you may benefit from this style of wheelchair.

If your an outdoor person there are a variety of chairs that are designed for you too! Ask your dealer about 4wd models and wheelchairs designed for rough terrain.

There are a number of choices when it comes to choosing the right electric wheelchair for you and your lifestyle. First and foremost on the list should be comfort with lifestyle coming in a close second.

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