Questions to ask yourself when considering getting a wheelchair

July 14, 2017 5:29 am
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Everyone is different and has unique needs. This is equally so for people who have mobility issues. You can get equipment from Karma Mobility to suit you and your lifestyle, which will support you in just the right way.

In order to make the right choice of equipment from us, look at your circumstances and consider what your priorities are. You can talk to your local dealer and they will make a range of recommendations.

In the meantime, here are a few questions to get you started on thinking about how you can lead a full life with a powerchair from Karma Mobility.

How often do you want to use it?

You may not need a wheelchair around the house. Or perhaps you only have short periods where you need assistance. Thinking about the parameters of your needs can help you to make a decision about your wheelchair. What is important to you? Do you still want to be able to make trips to the shop by yourself? Do you want to enjoy the great outdoors? Or go for a coffee with friends in town? A powerchair can help you maintain the independence that is valuable to you.

Where do you want to go?

Making long journeys on uneven terrain can be tricky if you have a self-propelled wheelchair. Depending on the type of powered wheelchairs you choose, you can make journeys that include rough ground, small steps up and down or long slopes. Your dealer will be able to talk to you about the capacities of individual chairs.

A powerchair usually requires you to have adaptations to your vehicle if your intention is to transport it. This might include a ramp and removal of existing seats. You might need a change of vehicle. Motability is an organisation that help disabled people with transportation issues. They can often offer vehicles that are fully adapted and have links to car dealers across the UK.

Is your need short-term or long-term?

Depending on the nature of your mobility needs, you may only need a wheelchair temporarily and so might not want to make a big investment. However, if you are thinking long-term, you can get a powerchair that will last you for a considerable length of time.

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This post was written by Mark Duffield

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