Portable Wheelchair: Motorized Wheelchairs and Power Scooters Giving Freedom to the Handicapped and Elderly
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Portable Wheelchair: Motorized Wheelchairs and Power
Scooters Giving Freedom to the Handicapped and Elderly
Travel Wheelchair Tips
The elderly and the handicapped require different kinds of support so they can go live a
normal life. As such, a powered wheelchair is more suitable in these conditions because the
machines would help individuals move to different places with ease.
Power scooters are quite common among the elderly because these people also require
assistance when moving. Long walks are out of the picture which is why they require
machines that could help them move too. Power scooters are capable of moving them to
long distances without requiring them to expel energy. As such, they can enjoy traveling
around the neighborhood, park, or inside a shopping mall riding these machines. However,
there are handicaps and amputees who also use these machines because they move faster
and they appear cooler than wheelchairs.
Guide to Buying an Electric Wheelchair and a Power Scooter
When buying a powered wheelchair or a scooter you need to check for the product’s safety
features. It should also be comfortable to the user. The product’s safety features are
important consideration. These features will give us and the user peace of mind when using
Meanwhile, you need to make sure that the person is comfortable on these gears since they
will be sitting on them all day. A comfortable power wheelchair or scooter will prevent
discomfort and pressure sores.
When opting for a powered wheelchair, it would be wiser to select a foldable feature so it can
be fitted inside a vehicle. As such, it is wise to pick a compact and foldable wheelchair and
scooter. You will be able to visit different places without leaving the equipment behind.
Last, choose a machine that has a large battery capacity so the user will be able to move and
partake in many activities without having to recharge every now and then. An onboard
charger with standard plug is greatly appreciated too. This way, when the battery drains, the
person can just plug the battery in a standard outlet.
An electric wheelchair is a special chair used by handicaps. It is a chair with a built in power
so users will no longer have to use their hands to move around. This is ideal for individuals
who do not have the capabilities of propelling themselves on the equipment using their
hands. It is also perfect for those who live in an environment where the terrain or the distance
may require the power of an electric motor.
What to Consider When Purchasing a Power Wheelchair
Purchasing a motorized wheelchair can be daunting especially if it is your first time to buy
one for a family member or friend who has been paralyzed. Right now, different styles and
designs are being sold in the market and it can be perplexing to buy one especially if you
have not decided what features of an electric powered wheelchair to consider. As such, you
should study the elements of this equipment before purchasing one.
Comfort is probably the first aspect you need to consider because it is crucial that the user is
comfortable sitting on the chair. For instance, the seat cushion must be able to support the
user thus thickness and softness must be based on the user’s weight and preference. Seat
size and seat angle must be assessed as well and must be okay for the user. The size must
be adequate enough to support the buttocks while the angle must be able to provide good
posture to decrease discomfort and pressure.
Motor and Battery
Next to consider are the power wheelchair’s motor and battery. For the motor, it must have
the speed up to 6 mph for traveling long distances such as traveling from the house to a
nearby store. But if the user is only going to use it at home, you should purchase a powered
wheelchair with lesser speed.
The battery must be checked as well since this is one of the crucial components of an electric
powered wheelchair. The battery has to charge fast too and has an onboard charger with
standard plug so the user can connect it to a power source even in public places. Experts
would recommend choosing a dry cell battery because it is safer and there are no restrictions
unlike the wet cell battery.
Last but not the least check the safety features of the equipment. This is to give the user
including us as well peace of mind. Some of the safety features that must be included are a
standard seatbelt, anti-tip wheels, and breaking system.