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
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
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
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.