Everything you need to know to pick the Right Mobility Chairs

Everything you need to know to pick the Right Mobility Chairs

Jul 25 , 2022

Axiom Medicals

Introduction 

A wheelchair and an electric wheelchair scooter are the most common assistive devices used by people who face mobility issues such as difficulty walking due to an injury or a medical condition. Devices such as a wheelchair, knee wheelchair, and electric wheelchair scooter allow such people to move about, get things done, socialize and undoubtedly play a big hand during their recovery. All this makes wheelchairs and mobility chairs standard devices that we can easily witness in our everyday lives.

Let’s take a look at what the statistics have to say - 

  • In the United States of America, there are an estimated 3.3 million wheelchair users, with an estimated 1.825 million those aged 65 and older.                                                                                                             
  • An estimated 1% of the world's population, or just over 65 million people, need a wheelchair.                                                                                           

The need for appropriate mobility chairs

Due to many use cases and the great need for wheelchairs  and electric wheelchair scooters, choosing the right scooter for yourself or your family members becomes vital. Especially when the right pick allows the user to participate in various activities, assists them in their day-to-day activities, and significantly increases their quality of life. In addition, appropriate wheelchairs and other assistive devices also substantially influence the level of independence the individual can have and significantly decrease the extra care needed and the overall need for support services.
So, what all things should you consider while buying a wheelchair or a scooter?

Physical Needs 

Wheelchair scooters, knee wheelchairs, or electric wheelchair scooters purpose, depending on the usage of the individual. A hospital wheelchair, which is used temporarily, cannot serve as a suitable wheelchair as it cannot be adjusted per the user’s needs. A wheelchair or an electric wheelchair scooter should have several modes so that people of all body types can use it, and the parts of the wheelchair, such as the footrest and backrest, should be adjustable, given that it will be used for an extended period during all sorts of activities. 

Purpose

Wheelchair scooters, knee wheelchairs, or any other types of mobility chairs should be ready for all sorts of environments and easy to operate in small indoor spaces. It should assist the user on all terrains and should be rugged. Different kinds of landscapes may require different types of wheels. It should be easy to get in and get out of and should be easy to transport in case the user needs to travel.

How the right chair can change your life

To think of wheelchair scooters or knee wheelchairs as just a product is not enough for them and becomes a crucial part of the user's life. The user spends most of their time sitting or moving in the mobility chairs. Not only that, but the wheelchair allows a differently abled person to fit in and take part in activities that they usually couldn’t. It also gives them a sense of independence and removes the feeling that they must depend on others to get work done. Therefore, thinking of wheelchair scooters, knee wheelchair, or electric scooter as just “products” wouldn’t be enough since it plays a crucial role in the user's life. 

What to look for in wheelchair scooters?

Here’s a list of things you should consider while buying wheelchair scooters, knee wheelchairs or electric wheelchair scooters, or any other sort of mobility chair.

  1. Comfort - Comfort tops the list. Someone who has an injury and will require an electric wheelchair scooter for recovery might be able to sacrifice comfort. But a person who has to use the chair for most of his day, every day, needs a mobility device to be comfortable. The seat should be made using a suitable material, have the correct width and depth, and offer proper back support.                                                                                                                      
    Comfort Chair
                                                                                                                           
  2. Cushion - An extra cushion can be added to increase the chair's comfort per the user's preferences. They also help keep the user’s posture right, reducing friction, and can add to the overall comfort of wheelchair scooters.                                                                                                                                     
    Cushion chair
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
  3. Armrests - Armrests add to the comfort of the chair. Look for a chair with removable armrests at just the right height to fit under the table while working.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
    armrest chairs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
  4. Wheels - Having the right wheels in all kinds of mobility chairs is essential. They add stability to the electric wheelchair scooter and dictate how it acts on various surfaces. Consider buying wheelchair scooters that can be used on almost all surfaces and need less maintenance over time.                                                                                                                                              
    wheels chairs
                                                                                                                           
  5. Chair Height and weight - The wheelchair's height determines how easily the person can get in and out of the chair and if it’ll be easy to transport the wheelchair or scooter while traveling. For example, a taller electric wheelchair scooter may be challenging to store. Same way, traveling with heavy mobility chairs might be difficult. In addition, different chairs can weigh differently given their build and the accessories they have. Therefore, considering the height and weight of your mobility chairs is essential.                                     

The things stated above and more, such as leg rests and seats, are essential factors that need to be considered while purchasing any kind of wheelchair scooter, knee wheelchair, or electric wheelchair scooter. But, ultimately, it comes down to the user and their preferences. 

At Axiom, we have some of the best manual wheelchair scooters, knee wheelchairs, and electric wheelchair scooters available in the country. 

Visit - https://axiommedicals.com/collections/wheelchairs-scooters to check out some of our mobility chairs or contact us at - (917)-564-6763