Factors To Consider When Buying A Wheelchair?

When it comes to choosing the right wheelchair, there are many factors to consider. In this article, we will discuss some of the most important factors you should take into account when making your decision.

Check the dimensions of the wheelchair. Does it have a high chair back? Is there enough room to move your arms around? Do you know how tall you are in inches and do you know if the wheelchair has armrests that can be raised or lowered to fit your height?

We also recommend checking with a doctor, occupational therapist, physical therapist, or athletic trainer before purchasing a new chair. They may already have one in mind for you based on diagnosis and size (height and weight).

Factors to consider:

Assembling Your Wheelchair

Before buying a used wheelchair from an unknown seller, we highly recommend assembling it fully when received. Check that all nuts and bolts are tight; check that none of them are stripped; that all bearings spin fluidly; that nothing is broken, worn out, or damaged. Do all of the above with the brakes on.

Wheelchair Width

How wide is your wheelchair? Some models can be too wide for some doorways and hallways at home or in public buildings. If you are unsure about this, check with a doctor, physical therapist, or occupational therapist. They should be able to provide you with a good idea of what size wheelchair you will need in order to maneuver well and fit through all doors and doorways.

Wheelchair Size

How much do you weigh? And how tall are you? The smaller the person, the less weight a lightweight chair is going to support, and vice versa. If you are lightweight, make sure your lightweight wheelchair supports your weight and is rated for the type of surfaces you will be using it on (i.e., indoor/outdoor).

Wheelchair Weight

How much does your wheelchair weigh? Heavy chairs can be a serious impediment if you have to move them frequently or up and downstairs. It is crucial to find lightweight wheelchairs that can support your weight.

Wheelchair Seating

What type of wheelchair seating do you need? The most common options include postural support, cushions, pelvic belts, and air bladders. Postural support usually consists of a lightweight plastic shell with foam padding, sometimes with a lightweight headrest. Cushions are made up of lightweight foam and gel, which you can adjust to fit your body type. Pelvic belts hold the pelvis steady and control side-to-side motions. Air bladders consist of lightweight air-filled cushions that provide pressure relief from areas such as heels, elbows, and shoulders.

Wheelchair Transport

How are you going to get your wheelchair from one place or location to another, i.e., wheeling it, carrying it, pushing it, etc.? Think about the surfaces you will be wheeling on (i.e., indoor/outdoor). Is there a need for lightweight wheelchairs that can be easily lifted? Make sure you are comfortable pushing/pulling the wheelchair and that it fits your strength level.

Wheelchair Seating

What type of wheelchair seating do you need? The most common options include postural support, cushions, pelvic belts, and air bladders. Postural support usually consists of a lightweight plastic shell with foam padding, sometimes with a lightweight headrest. Cushions are made up of lightweight foam and gel, which you can adjust to fit your body type. Pelvic belts hold the pelvis steady and control side-to-side motions. Air bladders consist of lightweight air-filled cushions that provide pressure relief from areas such as heels, elbows, and shoulders.

Wheelchair Grips

What type of wheelchair grips do you need? Think about where you will be wheeling your chair most frequently. If it is indoors, then lightweight indoor wheelchair grips will provide the best rollability for smooth floors. If lightweight outdoor wheelchair grips are needed, think about what surfaces you will be wheeling on. If it is a lightweight wheelchair, lightweight grips won’t be able to provide as much support and control as a heavier grip would.

Wheelchair Hand Controls

What type of lightweight glove do you need? Think about the surfaces you will be wheeling on (i.e., indoor/outdoor). Do you need lightweight hand controls that operate smoothly in any type of lightweight indoor or outdoor wheelchairs? If so, lightweight hand controls would be a good choice.

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