Things to consider when choosing your mobility aid

July 10, 2017 8:06 am
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Weighing up your choices when it comes to your mobility aid will help you to choose the right equipment for you.

In order to choose a wheelchair from Karma Mobility, there are many factors that you could consider. Talk to a local stockist of our products who will be able to show you different makes and models in their showroom. Alternatively, you can send your question to us and we will do our best to help or point you in the right direction.

To get you started, here are some factors to consider when choosing something like a powerchair from Karma Mobility. This list is not exhaustive so do look around online or ask people who already have mobility aids to get a fuller picture.

Space

If you need something to help you get around, you are likely to be considering a wheelchair. There are lightweight versions available for use indoors and short distances or you could get a powerchair, which is motorized. Powerchairs tend to be bigger and will require you to have a storage area where you can keep it. This might be a spare room in your house or some assisted living spaces have special, outdoor storage areas where residents can keep their mobility aids.

You’ll also need to recharge a powerchair regularly. Every night in most cases, although you can get powerchairs that have a second battery so that you can go for longer between charges.

Cost

Powerchairs tend to cost more than their self-propelled counterparts. This is because they are more technologically advanced. There is often funding available to help with the cost, depending on your circumstances. Ask your powerchair dealer who will be able to point you in the direction of local sources of information. You can also do some research on the internet.

Terrain

If you want to go for long distances or over rough terrain then you are likely to need some sort of motorised assistance. Powerchairs are designed, primarily, for outdoor use. There are more compact versions for users who are unable to self-propel and therefore need a powerchair all of the time. You may choose to have a lightweight chair for indoor use and a powerchair for other occasions to give you maximum flexibility and freedom.

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This post was written by Mark Duffield

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