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Is a Lightweight Wheelchair Suitable for You?

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Is a Lightweight Wheelchair Suitable for You?


If you are considering a mobility aid for the first time, you are probably going to start your search for the right equipment with some research. Your GP or healthcare worker is a good place to start and they will be able to point you in the direction of local resources. Here we are going to focus on lightweight wheelchairs so you can begin to get an idea about whether one of them will be right for you.


Physical considerations


Lightweight wheelchairs can often be self-propelled or pushed by an assistant. If you want to move your wheelchair around by yourself, look for the grips on the wheels that allow you to do this. Self-propelled chairs usually have bigger wheels to make things easier. You will need the physical strength to move these around. You can build up more power over time with special workouts designed to strengthen your upper body. Physical activity and strength training is still important when you are in a wheelchair. Ask your local leisure centre for advice on how to do this and they should be able to point you in the right direction.


How often do you need to use it?


If you need your lightweight wheelchair all the time, you might consider getting one with a solid frame. Some of these can be ultra-lightweight, which helps with manoeuvrability. On the other hand, if you only need your wheelchair temporarily or when you are out for long periods, you might prefer a collapsible model that can easily be stored in your house or car.


Where do you want to go?


Lightweight wheelchairs are most suitable for around the house and short journeys around town. If you want to go over longer distances, rough terrain or uneven ground, a power wheelchair or similar might be a better option.


Lightweight wheelchairs are designed to be easy to use, transport and get around in during your day-to-day tasks.


By definition, a power wheelchair is one that offers some sort of electrical and mechanical propulsion support. If you are looking for a power wheelchair from Maidesite, it is likely that you want to experience ease of movement without having to self-propel. Getting a power wheelchair means that you are able to move yourself around using a joystick control, in most cases.


When you have decided that you want to get a power wheelchair, Maidesite offers several types for you to choose from. This means you can meet more specific needs through your choice of model.


Folding power wheelchairs


If you want a power wheelchair that folds, the chances are that either you want to be able to store it at home when you're not using it or you want to be able to easily transport it. Folding power wheelchairs can often fit in an ordinary car. If you cannot lift your chair by yourself, you may be able to have a winch fitted to your car that helps you get it into the body of the car or into a roof box.


Maidesite have folding power wheelchair models that have a lot of extra functionality to enhance your experience.


Standing power wheelchairs


If you cannot easily get up from a chair, you may also need assistance getting out of your power wheelchair. A standing power wheelchair helps to lift you into an upright position. The model we carry at Maidesite also has flip-up arms and footplates to ensure that no part of the chair gets in your way while you are manoeuvring yourself about.


Mid and rear-wheel drive power wheelchairs


It is important to assess what kind of base configuration your power wheelchair has. This will tell you if it is mid, rear or front-wheel drive. The most common configurations are mid and rear-wheel.


A mid-wheel drive power wheelchair has a smaller footprint than its rear-wheel counterpart. This means that it can be used more easily indoors or where there isn't much space.


Rear-wheel drive is great if you intend to get out and about frequently. It offers greater speed and stability as well as the ability to tackle inclines with ease. On the Maidesite website, there are quite a few different types of conveyances and wheelchairs that you can choose between. You can always contact us if you have any questions and we will be happy to help.