There are wheelchair models for all different situations and environments. If you have some kind of impairment that makes it either difficult or impossible for you to get around without assistance, then it is very likely that it has been suggested for you to obtain, or you already have, some kind of wheelchair to help make life easier.
However, when shopping around for a wheelchair, the market is flooded with different styles and models, which can make a seemingly simple task into a headache. However, these inventive and numerous options are a blessing, enabling people, with different limitations and lifestyle choices, the freedom to continue their life assisted, rather than hindered, by these machines.
In the realm of manual wheelchairs; these are the kind that are maneuvered through man power rather than electric, there is a selection of heavy duty wheelchairs, as well as lightweight wheelchair versions for you to choose from. Depending on your personal situation and the amount of time you believe you will spend sitting in your chair, one version will undoubtedly stand out more than another to be the more suitable choice.
Wheelchair users are invited to benefit from more than one wheelchair if this suits them. Using one sturdier option for getting out and about and a lightweight wheelchair at home, or vica versa, means that a balance can be struck to couple versatility with comfort.
A lot of users of these models are people who are still able to walk but struggle to cover longer distances or stay on their feet for extended periods of time. Those who have an injury or the eldery may fall into this category.
So if you are interested in being able to take your wheelchair in the car with you and to be easily able to take it out and set it up on your own, then a lighter weight model should be a style that you are looking for. Comfort may be a factor that you need to compromise on, as many of the seats are not cushioned, but if you are not using the chair for an extended amount of time, this should not be of great concern.
What other features are appealing?
A great thing about many of these styles of wheelchairs is that they are somewhat customisable, meaning that manufacturers can have a chair built to fit you perfectly. You can play around with grips, handles and foot rest placements to suit your needs. By speaking with us, we can advise you on what changes we can make to add comfort and maneuverability to your life.
As the chair itself is quite lightweight, it is easier to move around by yourself. These models have great control, which allows you to enjoy a speed on even terrain that is entirely up to you. Rough, steep or bumpy terrain can become a little more difficult and a chair with more weight might be more desirable for people who believe they will be traversing such ground.
By trying out one of these chairs for yourself, you will soon see the advantages it has to offer and you can make an informed decision as to whether these styles are right for you.