Making choices about powerchairs

September 15, 2017 6:38 am
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When you are choosing a mobility aid, there are lots of options. Selecting the right design for you can mean the difference between a mediocre or difficult experience and the excellent one that you deserve. At Karma Mobility, we have a wider range of products to choose from so that you can make the right choice for your lifestyle when it comes to powerchairs.

Meeting your needs

The first thing you need to do in order to meet your needs is to understand what factors to take into account. First and foremost, your physical capacity and comfort should guide your choice. Your healthcare practitioner can give you guidance in this area that you can use that alongside your own experience to refine your equipment.

Next, ask yourself what you will want to use your powerchair for. Will you need to use it indoors, for example, or will it mainly be for traversing rough terrain or long distances? If you are moving from using lightweight wheelchairs to powerchairs, you may be able to draw on your past experiences to guide your choice. At Karma Mobility, we are happy to offer advice and point you in the direction of a local stockist who can let you try out the various options available so you can be sure of a perfect fit.

Your wheels and how they affect your experience

One choice you will need to make is whether you want front, rear or mid-wheel drive. The latter 2 choices are the most commonly used.

Front-wheel drive powerchairs are known to tackle obstacles, such as small kerbs, more easily but they have less traction at speed and on hills. Rear-wheel drive is generally considered to be the most stable at high speeds. Both of these options require quite a bit of space when turning corners although the front-wheel option can tackle slightly tighter angles. This means that using these types indoors can be tricky.

The main advantage of mid-wheel drive powerchairs is that they can turn on the spot meaning they have a turning circle that is the same size as the footprint of the wheelchair. They also have front and back castors so they are the more stable on slopes.

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This post was written by Mark Duffield

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