Tips for Choosing the Right Wheelchair.
What’s the big deal? Wheelchairs look pretty much alike. Right?
Wrong! It’s just not that simple. A wheelchair is much more than “looks.” There are as many differences in wheelchairs just as there are differences in cars or microwave ovens or… any consumer product.
With wheelchairs it can be even more important. Wheelchairs have strong differences in how they feel, how they fit, how they respond and what they enable us to do.
There are lots of differences in the people who use wheelchairs too. People who use wheelchairs vary in:
Age: children, young adults and older adults,
Gender: boys and girls, men and women
Body type: every body type from muscular to just average to very thin or very overweight.
Diagnosis or reason for using a wheelchair: some people are too weak or have too little endurance and can actually still still get up and walk in some situations.
Others have paralyzed legs and torsos, missing limbs or poor balance and use a wheelchair all the time.
Activities they want to do in their wheelchair: some people just what to sit, others want all of life’s activities without exceptions.
Places they will use their wheelchair: some people only use a wheelchair at home which is their primary environment. Other people go travel all around the community. Still others push their wheelchairs to the max using them in rugged environments like dodging potholes on city streets, working on a farm or camping in the woods.
Preference or just “what they like”: the same thing that makes some people like a Ford and others a Chevy.
Wheelchair Sizing and Dimensions
Wheelchair Seat Width
The first thing you should look into while searching for a wheelchair is the seat width. This is very important, as there is a specific size for every person’s need. 16 inches, 18 inches and 20 inches are common for most wheelchair models; some only provide an 18 in. seat width.
Pediatric Wheelchairs have an average wheelchair seat width of 14 inches, while the Bariatric wheelchair series provides a seat width of up to 30 in.
Wheelchair Seat Depth
Wheelchair Seat Depth is measured from the front to the back of the wheelchair seat. To find out the right seat depth for your wheelchair, you must measure from the back of the user’s pelvis to the back of their shins when sitting straight.
The easiest way to find out your Seat Depth for your potential new wheelchair, is to measure a previous wheelchair that you used before that you felt comfortable in.
Seat to Floor Height
The right Seat to Floor height is determined by measuring from the floor to the seat. Depending on the user’s need of the wheelchair, it is important to determine if their feet are dangling or if their feet are dragging on the floor, meaning that the seat to floor height is either too high or too low.
If the person is used to propelling themselves by the use of their feet, then it might be a good idea to get a Seat to Floor Height that is lower than their presumed height.
The backrest on a wheelchair also has a measurement that you can gauge, from the top of the backrest to the bottom (top of the seat) would be the correct way to measure Back Height. Back height can also be extended with the use of optional accessories, which extend the top of the backrest.
Basic armrests can be divided into two categories: desk length and full length. Desk length arms allow easier access to tables and desks. Full length arms provide extra arm support.
Optional features include flip-back or removable arms for easy transfers and adjustable height arms.
The two basic leg rest styles include swingaway and elevating. Swingaway leg rests rotate to the side to allow the user to easily get in or out of the wheelchair.
Elevating leg rests include a calf pad to raise the legs and prevent swelling. Both types of leg rests are removable. Some leg rests include tool-free adjustment to change the length of the leg rest.
Some wheelchairs include an adjustable backrest height for user comfort. Users who are taller or shorter than average may appreciate this feature.
A dual axle wheelchair lets you adjust the chair from standard height to hemi height (about 2 inches lower than standard height). Hemi height allows the user to easily propel the chair with their feet. It also allows the seat height to be lowered for users under 5 feet tall.
Quick Release Wheels
Some wheelchairs include a quick release button to remove the rear wheels for compact storage and transport. This feature is designed for users looking for an ultra-portable wheelchair.
Taking an advice to expert from wheelchair sellers or manufacturers, your doctor will help you very much in deciding right wheelchair for you. and you can call on 9929545206 if you need to talk to our wheelchair expert.