If you are considering buying a power wheelchair or sometimes called electric wheelchair, there are quite a few options on the market. Those options include center wheel drive, travel, folding and heavy duty electric chairs.
There are a number of factors that need to be considered when determining the best type of wheelchair for an individual user.
The following items need to be considered when buying a power wheelchair:
1. What is your weight and what is the weight capacity of the wheelchair you are considering?
If you weigh close to 300 lbs it is not advisable to buy a power wheelchair with a 300 lb capacity. For instance if your weight is around 200 lbs, you should go with a power chair than has a capacity of 250 lbs or 300 lbs. Depending on your weight you have the option of a standard or heavy duty electric wheelchair.
2. Where will you be using the electric wheelchair most often?
Will you be using it indoors, outdoors or both? You have many options to choose from for power wheelchairs that can be used indoors and outdoors. Most power wheelchairs are designed to be used both indoors and outdoors.
3. Do you plan on transporting the power wheelchair often?
If you plan on traveling quite a bit with your power wheelchair, you might want to consider the foldable or the travel motorized wheelchair. Two great travel wheelchairs are the Merits EZ Go and Pride’s Go chairs are relatively light and ideal when traveling.
4. What is the most comfortable seat size for you?
One of the biggest factors in determining your level of comfort in your new wheelchair is seat width. Be sure to use the appropriate measuring guide if you are considering purchasing a scooter or power wheelchair.
Here are a couple of tips to take into consideration when purchasing a power wheelchair. Purchasing a power wheelchair is a huge investment, so given that expense of the equipment involved, users have to be sure they are buying the power chair that is most suitable for their needs. That way you avoid headaches and unnecessary restocking fees.
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