Losing your mobility is difficult – but choosing your mobility aid doesn’t have to be. The variety of wheelchairs, power scooters, and power chairs available can make your decision seem daunting, but think of it this way: the more selection, the better chance you have of finding a device that’s perfect for you.
The first step in choosing your mobility aid is to consult with your doctor. Particularly if your physical limitation is caused by a disease, discuss how your symptoms may progress and how they will affect your mobility. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and what you’re looking for in a mobility device and ask for his or her recommendation. The most important tool you have in choosing a wheelchair, power scooter or power chair that is right for you is information – information about what you need, and information about how the available options fit those needs.
Mobility Scooters Really Keep You Moving
For those who like to get out and about, are able to sit upright for extended periods, and have good manual dexterity despite their mobility concerns, a scooter may be the right way to go. Mobility scooters can often handle more rugged terrain than conventional wheelchairs, and come in a variety of options, including 4-wheel mobility scooters (great for “off-roading” on grass and uneven pavement), 3-wheel mobility scooters (perfect for small spaces), or travel scooters (easy to transport).
Power Chairs Offer Options for Patients with Little Mobility
If you have special requirements for seating or have little strength in your hands, power chairs allow you to maneuver using a joystick on the armrest and can offer patients with very limited mobility the ability to control their own movement. Most power chairs offer various seating and reclining options that can be adjusted to suit your needs.
No Shortage of Choices for Self-Propelling Wheelchairs
If your doctor has suggested that a self-propelling wheelchair is best for you, Vienna Medical offers several options to choose from, including: standard, lightweight, highback, and heavy duty. Heavy duty (or bariatric) wheelchairs are specially made for larger patients – they offer wider seat base, and a variety of armrest options for optimum comfort. Lightweight wheelchairs offer the same support and movement as standard wheelchairs, but are lighter. They can be a great option for petite patients or those who are able to self-propel but may benefit from a lighter chair. Highback wheelchairs are made for patients who may require a little more support or stability than that offered by standard or lightweight wheelchairs.
After you’ve chosen your mobility device, don’t forget to consider the accessories you’ll need to get the most out of your device. From seat cushions to travel bags, there is no shortage of products available to make sure you have everything you need when you’re on the move.