If you are living with mobility challenges, one of the hardest things to deal with can be a loss of independence. You can prevent this from happening with a bit of planning and the right mobility aids. You can choose from a range of powerchairs, lightweight wheelchairs and accessories from Karma Mobility to help with this.
While you may not be able to move around quite like the average person, you can still enjoy a high-quality of life and autonomy. Choosing the right mobility aid to meet your needs means considering what you want to be able to achieve.
These are some of the categories that people consider when they are choosing powerchairs and other mobility aids from Karma Mobility:
Portability – if you want to travel frequently with your mobility aid, you may need to consider either using a lightweight, foldable wheelchair or adapting your vehicle so that you can get your powerchair into it with ease. Public transport can be tricky for people with mobility issues but there are ways to tackle most obstacles with a bit of forward planning;
Ease of storage – if you are looking at powerchairs, you need to consider the size and where you will store it. This is particularly important if you do not intend to use it all of the time. Wherever you keep it, you also need to take into account the fact that it will need charging on a regular basis while you are not using it;
Manoeuvrability – what you need to take into account changes depending on where you intend to use your mobility aid. If you are mostly going to use it outdoors or on unusual terrain, you probably want a powerchair as these are more suitable for challenges like this. If you need some assistance indoors, a lightweight wheelchair might be more suitable as most of them can be used without any adaptations to your home. Powerchairs need a bit more space to move around. If it is essential that you have a powerchair, you can get models with smaller turning circles that might be suitable. Many users have both a powerchair and a lightweight wheelchair so that they can change between the two.