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When someone we love has a physical disability, the best you can do is to offer help and support. Buying a wheelchair to help them regain their independence might have crossed your mind. Before you buy a wheelchair however, you will need to keep a few things in mind so you will get the wheelchair that is best suited for your love one’s needs.
There is a fair amount of planning that must go into buying a new wheelchair. What type of things should you look for? The following tip will help you in your wheelchair buying process:
The most important thing you should consider is the maker of the wheelchair. There is no doubt that different makers will have different quality wheelchairs. Almost all manufacturers and distributors claim to have the best product.
Don’t let the flashy ads fool you, you should do your own homework. Begin by looking at online stores, read the available reviews or find a forum on the subject matter and see what they have to say.
Look for the product standards. All manufacturers who run legal operations have to meet certain quality standards as set out by the government via bureau regulations. All wheelchairs that have passed the various quality standards will have a seal or mark that clearly shows that the wheelchair has undergone various checks and has passed the various quality requirements.
You will really need to consider if you are going to be buying a manual or electric powered wheelchair. Only when you have made this decision will you be able to decide on which wheelchair in that category is the best one.
What features and specifications does the wheelchair have? Although the wheelchair might look good at first glance, you really need to look at the features and specifications. Once you can compare these with various other kinds of wheelchairs, you will be able to make a better buying decision.
Compare the prices of the model you have chosen. If you are planning on buying from a store close to you, you might want to check out a few of them so you can compare the prices. If you know exactly the model you want, this process might be easier to accomplish by phone and it will save you energy, time and money. Even easier would be to do the comparisons online.
The above tips will get you on the right track for purchasing the best suited wheelchair for your disabled loved one.
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