- Whether it will be self-propelled, pushed by someone else, or electric-powered
- For permanent or occasional use
- For indoor or outdoor use
- Whether you need it to go in and out of a car
- There are pros and cons for each type of chair, so the choice depends on your needs.
- There are a large variety of Electric Wheelchair available, so expert independent advice is essential.
Some of the things to consider when choosing the right equipment are:
- Your physical ability. For example, if you’re unable to stand up, how will you transfer to and from the wheelchair? Stability and balance may also affect what you can use Folding Power Wheelchair.
- How the equipment will be used. For example, do you need to get up stairs or through narrow doorways?
- Practical considerations, such as access to a power point if the equipment needs to be charged up, or having a secure place to store the equipment when it's not in use.
- Choice of wheelchair design
|KP 80 Power Standing Wheelchair|
Wheels positioned further forward on an adjustable axle, which require less effort to move the chair
Lightweight chairs that fold or can be dismantled easily if the wheelchair has to be lifted and transported regularly
Seat size, angle and style, as well as the position of the foot, back and arm rests – these should all be taken into account when considering the comfort of the chair
You should also bear in mind that Power Standing Wheelchair generally can't be modified. "Active-user" wheelchairs are usually more expensive, but they have the advantage of being adjustable and adaptable.