Buying a powered wheelchair is a significant investment, so if you need to take the plunge and buy a wheelchair, then you need to be sure it’s right for you. Powered wheelchairs come with a wide variety of specifications, so it’s always a good idea to seek advice from your GP or physiotherapist first.
Otherwise, first you should ask yourself some basic questions. These should include whether you need your wheelchair for indoor or outdoor use, how easily you can transfer yourself to the chair, and how you would be able to transport in a car or other vehicle. Is the seat comfortable? Will you need to sleep or snooze in your wheelchair?
Although most powered wheelchairs are fully adjustable, you should also be sure that your wheelchair is the right size for you. Seat depth and seat width are important factors. If you’re not sure of the correct width, then sit on a tape measure and measure the length from one hip to the other, then add a couple of centimetres to assess your ideal seat width. For length, knees should be bent at a 90 degree angle – an incorrect height can cause discomfort and back pain. The addition of wheelchair cushions will also be essential for comfort and to prevent sores, so make sure you factor this into any calculations.
And if your needs are particularly specialised, then custom powered wheelchairs allow you to add a variety of different features and options, for an adaptable wheelchair built just for you.