Buying a wheelchair is not as simple as walking into a store and making a request. It’s not a one-size-fits-all product, so it’s important to ask some questions before selecting the right one for you. Wheelchairs can be quite expensive, and you certainly wouldn’t want to invest a considerable amount in something that doesn’t meet your needs. So, what questions should you be asking?
Do you want it to be electric or manual?
Manual wheelchairs tend to be more cost-effective and convenient for transportation, making them a frequently favoured option. Nonetheless, an electric wheelchair might be more suitable if you lack significant strength or anticipate spending a substantial amount of time alone, as they offer greater manoeuvrability without external assistance. When choosing between electric or manual, always look at your needs first.
What surface area will the wheelchair be used on?
Take a moment to consider the primary setting in which you anticipate using your wheelchair the most. Will it mainly be indoors, helping you move around your home? Or do you need it for outdoor adventures on gravel paths? Having the right wheels for the job is important. Make sure to have a conversation with the salesperson so they can help you find the wheelchair that suits your needs perfectly.
Does it have the right features?
Every wheelchair available in the market comes with different features to suit various consumer needs. It’s important to ask about these features so you can find the one that fits you best. If you have spinal issues or a weak core, having proper back support is important for your comfort. Arm and footrests might also be necessary, especially if your legs need elevation. Many wheelchairs offer these kinds of support features. If you plan to spend a lot of time in the chair, you might want to consider one with good padding to avoid discomfort. Your comfort is essential, and a well-padded wheelchair can make a big difference.
Is the chair easy to transport?
Are you going to be using your wheelchair at home, or will you be taking your wheelchair with you in a car? If you’ll be using a car, then you need a wheelchair that is easy to transport. Foldable wheelchairs are usually not as sturdy, so if it’s an option for you, consider getting a spare one that you can simply take with you whenever you travel.
When choosing the right wheelchair, don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you like. If you’ve used one before then you probably already know what features you like and what you don’t like, so make sure to tell the salesperson that upon buying one. You want to make sure that the wheelchair is not too heavy for you, that it works on the intended surface area it will mostly be used, and that it has the right features to make it as comfortable as possible for you. The more questions you ask, the better your chances of getting the perfect wheelchair.
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