Assess These Points When You Shop For A Power Wheelchair

If you've reached a point at which you find that using a manual wheelchair is too challenging, it's time to think about upgrading to a power chair. This device will make it much easier for you to get around both your home and your community. There are lots of power wheelchairs on the market, and visiting a medical equipment supply store will give you an opportunity to check out several models. A good way to choose the right model for you is to assess some specific points on each of the models you evaluate. Here are three things that are important to consider.


Given that you'll be spending a significant amount of time in your new power wheelchair — perhaps several hours each day — you want to ensure that it's as comfortable as possible. Don't hesitate to sit in several different chairs at the medical equipment supply store. Take note of how much padding they have on the seat, what type of back support is available, and even how the armrests feel. If there's a particular chair that stands out as offering the highest level of comfort, you'll want to strongly consider this model.


Another detail to think about is the width of your power wheelchair. When you use a power chair in your home, it has to be able to glide through narrow openings, such as the doorways that lead to different rooms. Even if you've had your home remodeled to improve its accessibility, there will likely still be some areas that are tight. Certain power chairs have a narrow design that allows them to get through openings in your home and elsewhere in your community with more ease. A narrow design will reduce the number of times you bump into walls and door frames, thus limiting dents and scratches in your home.

Wheel Size

You'll also want to think about the wheel size of each power wheelchair you assess. The size of the wheels can vary significantly between models. You'll see some chairs that have larger wheels, which can offer a stable and smooth ride on uneven terrain. If you want to be able to move around your yard and in other areas of your community in which the ground isn't smooth, a chair with larger wheels will be vital. Conversely, if you don't expect to ever be in such areas, a chair with smaller wheels should be sufficient. 

Reach out to a power wheelchair retail service to learn more.