How to choose the right wheelchair
One of the key ways for older people to maintain their independence is through their mobility, and thanks to advancements in technology and care this is more achievable then it used to be. As we get older, our bodies slow down and become more prone to pains and difficulties, which is why elderly people so frequently suffer from mobility issues to begin with. One of the most common ways to improve mobility for the elderly is through the use of walking apparatus, ranging from walking sticks to support frames and wheelchairs. Wheelchairs are particularly popular thanks to their convenience when it comes to getting around outside, allowing older people to comfortably get from place to place with minimal difficulty. There are three basic sorts that you should be aware of before choosing a model, which are as follows:
" Self-propelled - This is manually controlled by the user.
" Attendant-propelled - This is controlled by someone else.
" Electric-powered - There are two kinds of wheelchair of this type: Class 2 is exclusively for use on the pavement. Class 3 can be used on the pavement and the road.
Organisations like the Care Shop provide a range of different wheelchairs, such as a standard self-propelled model with a fixed back or a standard width car transit wheelchair. What's important is that you know exactly what the wheelchair will be used for, as each type offers its own advantages and disadvantages. There are various factors that will affect your overall decision that need to be considered, especially if you are a Carer. For instance, you must ascertain if the person using the wheelchair will be strong enough to control it themselves or if they will need your assistance. If you know that you'll need to transport it from place to place and, then you will want a lighter model that can easily fit into your car. Just remember that the wheelchair not only needs to be usable by the person sitting in it, but it should be accessible to others as well.
Self-propelled wheelchairs are ideal for an active older person that is capable of controlling it themselves and make good wheelchairs for short trips. There are plenty of models available that are both adjustable and adaptable to make the product more accessible to the person using it. However, they are perhaps less suited to someone with serious mobility difficulties. Attendant-propelled and electric-powered wheelchairs, meanwhile, are ideal for longer journeys but pose their own problems to be dealt with. Electric-powered wheelchairs are wonderful in that they are automatic and don't require any to push or propel, but they are also much larger and heavier than the other two types, making transporting them a lot more difficult.
Finally, it's important to take the opportunity to test out any wheelchair that you consider, especially if you can get the chance to try it where you will be primarily using it, such as taking it on a trip to the supermarket or out on the pavement. Bearing these factors in mind will help you to choose the right wheelchair. Just remember that it must meet the needs and requirements of the person using it above all else; even if a carer will be pushing the chair it's still more important that the person sitting it be comfortable.
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