HOW TO CHOOSE A POWER WHEELCHAIR

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Power chairs or electric wheelchairs are also known as power wheelchairs and these have been manufactured for people who are able to walk only a short distance and for those who are not able to walk at all. This device helps people to be independent within their own home, retirement home or nursing home environment and also venture outside. It is operated by two motors to power the main drive wheels and can be driven by the user via a joystick control.

Although a license is not required to ride a power wheelchair, getting professional advice from your doctor or healthcare professional with regard to the safety of driving one is recommended.

When the necessity arises to purchase a power wheelchair, there are many aspects to be considered. Independent Living Specialists has a wide range of well-known products in all their stores Australia wide. Although there are various types of wheelchairs on the market ILS does its best to choose the correct power wheelchair to match your body type, lifestyle and budget.

How to Choose

The first thing to consider when choosing a power wheelchair is whether it is within .your budget. Thereafter check whether the seat fits you, legs are comfortable and the right weight capacity to fit your size. Consider the landscape of the area where you are living and if so, be sure if the power chair has sufficient weight capacity to be used on if it is a hilly area.

Consider how long you intend to use the chair daily and if you need to use it every day, ensure it can handle regular use over a long period of time.

Ensure your hand is strong enough to operate the device and also ascertain if it is easy to use a joystick or another control system.

Rear Wheel Drive Power Wheelchair

Travel Lite Folding Power Chair

The Travel lite electric folding power wheelchair is a lightweight, easy folding mobility solution that will guarantee a comfortable ride

 

 

This chair has its drive wheels at the rear with castors in the front. It’s very strong and ideal for active people. It is quite suitable for outdoor areas and drives smoothly at high speed outdoors.

Mid Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

The Cougar PowerLift is also equipped with smooth motors, comfortable seating and mid wheel maneuverability which provides users a secure and comfortable ride.

The Cougar PowerLift is also equipped with smooth motors, comfortable seating and mid wheel maneuverability which provides users a secure and comfortable ride.

These power chairs have its drive wheel in the centre. It has an extraordinary tight turning circle and easy to manoeuver which makes it ideal for indoor use. The front and rear castors support a stable outdoor drive.

Front Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

 

The Titan Powerchair is perfect for users on the go as it can be disassembled, without tools, and loaded easily into a car for easy transportation. Its ultra-manoeuvrable and compact size makes it ideal for around the home and in busy shopping centres.

The Titan Powerchair is perfect for users on the go as it can be disassembled, without tools, and loaded easily into a car for easy transportation. Its ultra-manoeuvrable and compact size makes it ideal for around the home and in busy shopping centres.

Due to drive wheels in the front, these power chairs can drive over terrain and obstacles such as bumpy turfs. It is powerful and very strong especially when driven on an uneven outdoor ground. Since there are no castors in the front there is more space for positioning the foot.

Social and Health Benefits

Social and health benefits are manifold. Being seen on a sophisticated device of this nature will definitely boost your ego and the enthusiasm of making best use to gain your independence will help you to enhance your lifestyle and help improve your health to your utmost happiness.

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BEST TYPE OF MOBILITY SOLUTIONS FROM INDEPENDENT LIVING SPECIALISTS

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Independent Living Specialists is an institution pioneering in providing some of the best solutions for the handicapped and aged population.

The mobility solutions provided by them are available at your door for online customers countrywide.

Wheel Chairs

There are more than 31 types of high quality wheel chairs to suit your budget and requirement.

The Independent Living Specialists do their best to provide a wide range of manual and electric wheel chairs. Those with limited mobility will find their freedom and independence back with the use of a wheel chair. Their wheel chairs range from light-weight to heavy-duty manufactured to suit any body type, lifestyle, and budget. All the wheel chairs are made with self-propelled or transit operation for easy use of the carer or user. The products are durable and reliable and assured of long quality use and mobility. A wide range of well-known brands such as Auscare, Pride, Breezy, Days Healthcare, Otto Bock, Ausmedic, and Invacare are available.

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Power Chairs

The power chair is another product made available by Independent Living Specialists. Considered to be one of the most comfortable, user-friendly and easy-moving chairs available for users of all ages ranging from young children to seniors offering exceptional mobility and independence to move around within the home and outdoors.Indoor power chairs are manufactured to be more rounded and compact to enable maneuvering easily on tight corners and small spaces inside the home. Outdoor power chairs built more sturdily wide-tread and extra large tires and increased ground clearance for a safe and smooth ride on rough outdoor surfaces.

Independent Living Specialists also offers a wide range of fully customizable power chairs from leading manufacturers and brands such as Permobil, Shoprider, Pride and Days Healthcare and Royale.

All power chairs have an adjustable arm, leg, and seating to suit all types of users. Independent Living Specialists can provide a lightweight indoor power chair or a heavyweight outdoor model suitable for whatever purpose you may need.

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Mobility Scooters

A mobility scooter is a product that is moving fast and popular among the handicapped and aged. It is often referred to as “aged care scooter” but in reality, people of all ages enjoy their independence and freedom when using this battery powered device. Although there are various names given to this category of vehicle, they all refer to the same thing

Independent Living Specialists have approximately 42 types of mobility scooters and some of the best brands such as Pride, Shoprider, Invacare and Drive Medical with prices ranging from $1099 to $10499. They are also able to tailor a model to suit all needs. Each brand has a wide range of models to suit your personal needs. The most preferred brands are Pride and Shoprider scooters due to their reliability and spare parts availability.

Independent Living Specialists offer a rent/hire or buy option in their mobility scooter range. The scooters are now available in a variety of sizes, power, comfort, and design and whether you hire, rent or buy the electric mobility scooter from Independent Living Specialists, they will support you on every kilometer of the way with their affordable prices, reliable service and free roadside assistance for the first 12 months.

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Top 5 reasons you need a power chair

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Power chairs are the trending walking aid right now due to their usefulness and versatility. There are many forms and designs of power chairs available in the market now to help any need of the customers. Power chairs are battery operated and aid those who are suffering from mobility issues due reasons such as aging, hereditary factors, accidents or any other disease condition to be independent and move around on their own will. There are many reasons that validate owning a power chair but we will be listing the top five.

Number One: To Move Around the House

With certain mobility disabilities, you can face a difficulty to move around the house as well. In that situation what you need is a three-wheeled power chair that can take the tight corners in your house and help you to attend to your daily tasks. Power chairs are often very useful for the elderly as they can be controlled with a joystick and do not need strength.

Number Two: To Move Outdoors

Most often even if you are facing mobility issues, there are certain tasks that may require you to step outside, especially if you live alone. This can include going to the post box or to a neighbor’s house for a chat or even a quite ride in the neighborhood. With a power chair, you just have to get on and power on. Outdoor power chairs are much sturdier in structure to handle rough and sloping surfaces.

Number Three: To Travel

Another reason to own a power chair is if you have the desire to travel; abroad or within the country. There are power chairs such as the Pride R-40 Fusion Power chairs are quite compact and can be transported by vehicle, plane or cruise ship; thus allowing your dream to travel. The Pride R-40 also delivers stability over rough terrain and speed of 10km/h, so it is ideal for traveling.

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Number Four: For Children with Mobility Disabilities

The power chair is especially useful for children with mobility disabilities to move around and attend to their tasks. It can facilitate them to go to school and any other place they need to go including the park or the playground. Permobil has designed many power chairs which can be attractive to the children’s needs with colourful and bright outlooks. They include models like the Permobil Koala Scripted and the Permobil K300 PS Jr Scripted. The Permobil C400 VS JR Stander Scripted Power Chair is a beauty that allows the user to drive while both in standing position and driving position.

Number Five: Safety and Comfort

The final and most important reasons are the safety and comfort offered by the power chair. Especially if you are unstable on your feet it is advisable to be in a power chair to avoid falling. It also allows quick movement in case of emergencies. Also with comfortable seating and accessories, it can allow you all the comfort you need.

The Best Outdoor Power chairs

Power chairs are very useful for those who may be facing mobility disability due to various reasons. They are basically battery powered wheelchairs that are much sturdier and can be easily maneuvered with the help of a joystick. They make both your homely life and your travel life more eventful and carefree.

Suitability of Outdoor Power chairs

The main feature of outdoor power chairs is having four wheels which give them more stability to travel on the rough outdoors. The placement of the wheels is also important in terms of how you plan to drive your power chair. The middle wheel drive is suitable for better maneuverability. The rear-wheel drive for speed and the rear-wheel drive to travel slow over very rough terrain. Outdoor powerchairs will also be sturdier in their build and the wheels will be bigger, especially the castor wheels. Also, attention must be paid to the maximum weight capacity. Ideally, it should carry your weight and some more; especially if the terrain around your home is hilly as the rules of physics requires it. It will also help you to enter buildings and vehicles which have ramparts to aid the users of walking aids. The range or the battery capacity also should be taken into consideration so that you do not run out of power before your destination.

Choosing from many brands

Since the power chair is one of the most famous walking aids available today there are many brands like Pride, Shoprider and Permobil and Days Healthcare. These are designed to suit the varying needs of many consumers so have no fear about not finding your pick. The Pride Jazzy Select 6 power chair for example is very comfortable with elegant seat covers and motor technology that provides efficiency, torque, and range. Independent Living Specialists provide a wide range of power chairs with the friendliest and most accommodating customer service. The Shoprider Puma 14D is also a very elegant looking power chair with both a headrest and footrest and comfortable seating. There are also power chairs designed to fold and stand that you can choose according to your necessities.

 

Outdoor Power chairs for Children

The Permobil K450 MX scripted powerchair is one of the best child chairs available in the market to accommodate kids to enjoy the outdoors. Because of its intelligent control system, all functions are linked to a press of a button. The seat is adjustable to take you from standing position to seating position as well. There are more options available as well such as the Permobil K300 PS Jr. scripted and the Permobil Miniflex scripted which come in attractive designs that can be the hit among the neighborhood children.

Accessories to help the Journey

Powerchair accessories such as an umbrella holder, cup holder or baskets can be very helpful when you are travelling outdoors to carry all of your essentials that you may need for the journey as well as for an emergency like a sudden change in weather.

You can pick the best power chair out of these categories to suit your own journey and enjoy your independence at the Independent Living Solutions.

How to travel with your power wheelchair.

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One of the best things to be in life is a travel junky, to enjoy life in motion and as a continuing journey. Travel is a great opportunity to feast your eyes on new things, meet new people and taste life in different flavors. But as you grow older you may find this more and more difficult as you face physical difficulties in moving. It is not only a component of aging but of many other reasons like illnesses, surgery or disabilities. The power wheelchair is a rescuer to all these situations and a reliable partner to your life in motion. Controlled by a joystick, it needs minimum effort from you, giving you more freedom to enjoy your surroundings.

Portability

The most important thing to check off when buying a power wheelchair to travel is its portability. Most powered wheelchairs are bulky, but you can transport it with the use of a ramp or a lift. If not you can even pick lightweight portable power wheelchair option that can be assembled and disassembled for transport.

Buying a model to suit the journey

There are many models of power wheelchairs to pick from when shopping. However if you hope to travel it will be wise to power chairs that are modeled to travel outside. These are sturdier and can travel on rougher terrain. Also, when buying a model it is good to buy with a gap between your weight and the maximum weight capacity of the power wheelchair so that, in accordance with the rules of physics, it can support your weight up slopes and mountains if necessary. It will be also helpful to opt for a one with longer battery capacity to cover a long distance. In terms of adjustability, some powered wheelchairs offering recline and standing features which could come handy for a user.

Maneuverability, speed, and terrain

Attention should be paid to the number of wheels and their placement; located in the front, middle, and in the back. You should choose based on the drive feature you require. Middle wheel drive are suitable for better maneuverability, rear-wheel drive for better speed and front wheel drive to travel slow on uneven terrain.  The type of wheel is also important, whether it is solid or pneumatic. If you are looking at using the power chair outdoors, the castor wheels, which are the non-drive wheels, should not be too small as it will not be suitable.

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With consideration and safety, you are on your way!

There are many things to consider and reconsider when buying a powered wheelchair for travel. It is also good to make sure they are handled and secured carefully during transportation to avoid damage. However, all these efforts are worth as it will give you the opportunity to enjoy travel independently.