Why Upgrade To A Power Wheelchair?

Why Upgrade To A Power Wheelchair?

There are many reasons why someone may choose to upgrade to a power wheelchair. For example, they might have a physical disability that makes it impossible to use a manual wheelchair. Or, they might want to travel more, and a power wheelchair could be the answer. Whatever the reason, there are some pros to upgrading to a power wheelchair.

Makes Your Life Easier

The most common pro is that it will save you time, energy and money in the long run. For example, it will help you avoid trips to the doctor or hospital and reduce your costs associated with mobility aids such as wheelchairs and scooters. It can also help you get out more and meet new people! For many, this is a key factor when choosing a power wheelchair. You can also choose from a wide range of seating options and leg rests, as well as adjustable armrests. And unlike manual wheelchairs, powered chairs can be operated using joysticks or other control methods that allow for more control over the chair’s movement. This is beneficial for those who have C2-C3 spinal cord lesions or head injuries as it allows them to use their hands to operate the chair.

Seat Elevation Features

Some models offer a safe seat elevation feature, which allows the user to increase or decrease their height when they want. This can be useful for people with a variety of health conditions, including scoliosis and muscular dystrophy. The ability to adjust the seat height can be especially helpful if you have difficulty sitting up in your chair or you have poor balance. Often, this feature is not included in the standard price of a power wheelchair, but can be purchased as an add-on or accessory for your wheelchair. This feature can make a big difference to your daily functioning and quality of life as it can make it easier to transfer from your wheelchair to another, reach things that are not easily accessible and improve your overall posture and positioning.

Fully Customizable

You might also be able to customize the wheelchair with accessories and add-ons that can further enhance your mobility experience. For example, if you need extra space for a medical device or medication, you might want to invest in a cart that can be attached to the front of your wheelchair. Some people also like the idea of having a power wheelchair that can be folded up or dismantled for transportation. This can be a big advantage to those who travel frequently by air. It is also crucial to discuss your needs with an Occupational Therapist who can advise you on which power wheelchair will be most comfortable and practical for your lifestyle. Occupational therapists will be able to prescribe the wheelchair and can help you navigate insurance, funding and legalities involved in purchasing a power chair.