Choosing the perfect manual wheelchair based on your needs can be a tricky and overwhelming decision. Especially with so many options on the market. Choosing a manual wheelchair depends on various factor like body type, fitness level, and mobility impairment. Because of this, we have compiled a list of the top 5 tips to help you choose a manual wheelchair.
1. Your Mobility
This is your ability to move around. It includes walking, sitting down, standing up, as well as adjusting or moving your body within the chair. Depending on your level of ability, you’ll want to consider how you will get in and out of the chair. As an example, if you are planning on using a cane or walker to get in and out of your chair and support yourself, you’ll need to ensure the manual wheelchair has cane or walker clips as an option. This can make it easier for you to move around and be as comfortable as possible.
2. Your Tolerance
This is the amount of time you can tolerate doing something, e.g. standing, walking or sitting. If you know that you are going to be sitting in the manual wheelchair for a few hours every day, it may be best to choose a chair that is more comfortable. Or, add an extra cushion or other comfort features. If you like to switch between sitting and standing frequently, there are manual chairs that will make this easier.
3. Your Balance
This is your ability to remain steady, when standing, when seated and especially when moving between the two. If your balance is not the greatest, you will want to choose a chair with good support that you can lean on. While getting in and out of your manual wheelchair may be a learning curve at first, it shouldn’t be causing you additional pain or discomfort.
4. Your Posture
This is the position in which you hold your body. When using a wheelchair you need to be able to maintain a comfortable, stable, safe and supported seated position. You may need special cushions or support to provide comfort and help you to maintain your position, especially if your sitting tolerance is very poor.
People living with paralysis are at high risk for pressure sores and therefore usually require special cushions and seating systems to give the skin some relief. There are several basic kinds of cushion material, each with benefits for certain types of users: air, foam or liquid (e.g., gel), a variety that is more dynamic, with moving parts. There is no single product that will do the job for all. The right cushion can provide comfort, correct positioning and prevent pressure sores, but it need not meet all those criteria for every user.
5. Your Body Height and Weight
If you are a very tall or large person you will need to look for a wheelchair that is appropriate and safe for you. Most equipment is designed for a maximum user weight limit so bear this in mind. Measure and record your height and weight accurately so that you may be directed to a wheelchair that is appropriate for you. Your limbs and body should be fully supported when in the chair. It is important to have a chair which is balanced and stable to prevent discomfort and pressure areas and to ensure the chair does not break.
Choosing the perfect manual wheelchair based on your specific needs can be difficult. We are here to make it just a little easier! If you are located in the London, ON and surrounding area and are looking for a manual wheelchair, do not hesistate to contact us or visit our showroom location at 1161 Florence St. London Ontario.
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