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Easy to Use Wheelchairs for Increased Mobility

Wheelchairs can greatly increase quality of life for people with mobility difficulties, allowing them to carry on being active, socialise and meet up with friends and family.

There are two main categories of wheelchairs – manual wheelchairs that are moved by the user and power chairs or electric wheelchairs that run on batteries.

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How to Choose the Best Wheelchair

Electric wheelchairs — sometimes referred to as powerchairs or electric-assisted wheelchairs — are bulkier and heavier but ideal for those who don’t have the strength or energy to use a manual chair, or simply don’t want to rely on being pushed.

Our manual and electric wheelchairs are supplied by InvacareRoma Medical Aids (RMA) and Pride Mobility Products who all have excellent reputations for manufacturing and distributing quality mobility aids.

When choosing the right wheelchair for you, it is important to consider the following points along with your needs and what you wish to get from having a wheelchair to get around.

01
Mobility

This includes whether you can walk and how far, your tolerance for sitting down and the support you need to sit comfortably with good posture and if removable armrests will be required to get in and out of the chair.

02
Storage

Where your chair will be stored – this is especially important for electric wheelchairs as they will need a power socket in order to recharge overnight.

03
Features of your body

Your body height, weight and shape. For example, if you have back or hip problems, additional support to avoid pressure ulcers or pain and encourage good posture may be required so you can get the most from your wheelchair.

04
Seat dimensions

The seat width and depth should provide the necessary support without you needing to lean, hunch or drop shoulders to use armrests while remaining large enough so you don’t feel trapped.

01
Mobility

This includes whether you can walk and how far, your tolerance for sitting down and the support you need to sit comfortably with good posture and if removable armrests will be required to get in and out of the chair.

02
Storage

Where your chair will be stored – this is especially important for electric wheelchairs as they will need a power socket in order to recharge overnight.

03
Features of your body

Your body height, weight and shape. For example, if you have back or hip problems, additional support to avoid pressure ulcers or pain and encourage good posture may be required so you can get the most from your wheelchair.

04
Seat dimensions

The seat width and depth should provide the necessary support without you needing to lean, hunch or drop shoulders to use armrests while remaining large enough so you don’t feel trapped.

We Will Help You Choose the Best Solution

The team at Additional Aids Mobility in Whitton, West London will be able to talk you through the available options along with any customisations or adjustments you might wish to have such as storage bags or head rests.

The Disabled Living Foundation (DLF) have some great free resources available to help you find the right kind of chair for your needs.

Please visit our store, or contact us for helpful, no obligation, friendly advice.

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