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Power wheelchairs sometimes called electric wheelchairs are propelled using an electric motor which is in turn powered by batteries. Joysticks are used to navigate and control the speed of these chairs and they are very maneuverable and the speed is easily adjustable.
These kinds of chairs are ideal for those who are not strong enough to push themselves with their own hands in a manual wheelchair. George Klein was the scientist who invented this wheelchair while he was in Canada working at the National Research Council.
Because of the many benefits of this kind of wheelchair compared to the manual ones, their popularity have exploded worldwide, including US cities such as Orange County and San Diego.
Do You Need a Power Wheelchair?
Nowadays there are many different kinds of power wheelchairs on the market and it will be worth your while to test drive one prior to buying it. It should be noted that power wheelchairs are not appropriate for everyone. There are a number of ways to test drive a power chair. These include:
- * Whenever your sitting clinic (where the disabled person is trained to use the power chair) days are done, arrange with the supplier of medical equipment to have you test drive the electric vehicle for a few days. That way you will know your comfort level with the power wheelchair and if you like it or not.
- * Use the new electric wheelchair for several days in your home. Go to places you would visit in the normal course of your daily life. Spend lots of time in your new electric wheelchair so that you can familiarize yourself with the various features and you can get a certain comfort level.
- * Also try getting into and out of a wheelchair accessible taxi and your own vehicle if you have one. This will make your final decision much easier and it will let you know if the electric wheelchair will fit into the various activities you do throughout the day.
- * Quite a few US citizens such as those in San Diego and Placentia have successfully used the above tips to find a motorized wheelchair that is perfect for their needs.
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