Is a lightweight wheelchair suitable for you?
If you are considering a mobility aid for the first time, you are probably going to start your search for the right equipment with some research. Your GP or healthcare worker is a good place to start and they will be able to point you in the direction of local resources.
On the Karma Mobility website, you will be able to find a local stockist of our products. They can arrange for you to try out your different options. There are quite a few different types of conveyances and wheelchairs that you can choose between. You can always contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to help.
Here we are going to focus on lightweight wheelchairs so you can begin to get an idea about whether one of them will be right for you.
Lightweight wheelchairs can often be self-propelled or pushed by an assistant. If you want to move your wheelchair around by yourself, look for the grips on the wheels that allow you to do this. Self-propelled chairs usually have bigger wheels to make things easier. You will need the physical strength to move these around. You can build up more power over time with special workouts designed to strengthen your upper body. Physical activity and strength training is still important when you are in a wheelchair. Ask your local leisure centre for advice on how to do this and they should be able to point you in the right direction.
How often do you need to use it?
If you need your lightweight wheelchair all the time, you might consider getting one with a solid frame. Some of these can be ultra-lightweight, which helps with manoeuvrability. On the other hand, if you only need your wheelchair temporarily or when you are out for long periods, you might prefer a collapsible model that can easily be stored in your house or car.
Where do you want to go?
Lightweight wheelchairs are most suitable for around the house and short journeys around town. If you want to go over longer distances, rough terrain or uneven ground, a powerchair or similar might be a better option.
Lightweight wheelchairs are designed to be easy to use, transport and get around in during your day-to-day tasks.
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This post was written by Mark Duffield