Knowing A Wheelchair: How To Make The Best Choice – by Christine Loxley

0 Comments 24 November 2009

When buying a wheelchair the first thing to do is use an experienced therapist that will help you pick the right wheelchair. You should use a reputable recommended wheelchair vendor who will know the wheelchairs that they are selling. The cost of the wheelchair can be important as if it is not deemed “medically necessary” than the costs may not be covered by insurance.

The obvious thing you must look at when buying a wheelchair is if it fits you. Aspects that need to be looked into are the length and width of the wheelchair and how much it weighs. If a person has a wheelchair the use of it is important in aspects such as who will be the person pushing or lifting the chair. The chair has to fit the needs of the environment they will be used for such as in town, a big city, schools and jobs. To get to many of these places traveling with the wheelchair is a necessity.

How will the person using the chair be traveling around, by bus, car, public transportation? It is important to find out whether the user needs a collapsible wheelchair for transportation issues. With the person transferring the user they need to know if they will need tie-downs or ramps on the vehicle to transfer the person around.

The most important physical aspect of the wheelchair is the frame. The user needs to find out if the wheelchair is lightweight so it can pushed and lifted or more sturdy for a user who can be active. The user needs to see if the attachments which can be used often with wheelchairs will be supported.

Some of these items include ventilators, suction machine, oxygen tank, or communication device. How sturdy the frame is and if it has room for these attachments are important as some attachments such as an oxygen tank might be vital to the user’s health.

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