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The decision to purchase a wheelchair should not be taken lightly, and you must do your research to ensure you choose the most suitable chair – particularly for daily use. For instance, those who obtain a chair through NHS wheelchair services will need to choose a chair that can last five years, before they are prescribed a new one. Therefore, you must consider all aspects of manual wheelchairs or power wheelchairs; including positioning, seating, wheels and even customizable wheelchair accessories.
As such, we are discussing the pros and cons of both power wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs to ensure you settle for the right chair for your needs.
First things first, you need to assess your clinical needs. You can determine your own clinical needs for the likes of a power assist wheelchair, as you know what feels right and comfortable to use for long periods of time. With that in mind, we suggest trialing a number of various mobility electric wheelchairs or manual wheelchairs to assess the comfort levels. It's also important that you choose a chair that enhances your posture and reduces the risk of any other conditions, such as poor blood circulation, digestive issues and pressure sores.
Your lifestyle must certainly be taken into consideration when assessing the pros and cons of manual and power wheelchairs. Will your home support the requirements for a power wheelchair, such as storage, power source and the like. Similarly, consider the needs for using power wheelchairs, including ramps, stair lifts or other adaptations. However, if you are concerned about storage; there are folding electric wheelchairs available which can influence your decision.
Lastly, you should also seek the advice of your GP or physiotherapist, who can provide recommendations and, quite possibly, point you in the right direction of a supplier.
Benefits of power wheelchairs
There are enormous benefits to power wheelchairs – especially for those with continued reduced mobility:
Offers a range of controls – such as joysticks and touch pads – to ensure all abilities can move the chair;
Power wheelchairs travel well outdoors – especially over rough terrain;
Some power assist wheelchairs can reach speeds of up to 8 mph;
Customizable accessories and adjustments to ensure greater comfort, such as recline and tilt, leg rests, arm rests and more.
Following on from the above, there are a range of controls available for power wheelchair users. You can opt for a joystick – the most common option – to move the chair. Alternatively, there are mini joysticks available also. If you struggle with gripping a joystick, touch pads are available to move the chair.
Power wheelchairs are ideal for those who are looking to explore and travel more with their new chair. There are mid wheel drive power wheelchairs for sale, offering a better turning radius for indoors. However, rear wheel drive power wheelchairs are much better suited to outdoors, providing you with more security when travelling over rough terrain and on public transport. If you do travel regularly, mobility electric wheelchairs can also reach speeds of up to 8 mph, which can greatly save your energy if you do travel outdoors.
Another primary advantage to choose power wheelchairs is the ability to customize the chair to suit your needs and requirements. For instance, if you suffer from conditions such as Edema, adjustable leg rests are available to keep your legs above your heart. Likewise, you can also opt for recline and tilt – especially ideal for those that do suffer from reduced mobility – as the movement can alleviate any pressure and minimize the risk of sores.
Benefits of manual wheelchairs
There are, of course, advantages to choosing manual chairs, such as they are easy to transport – especially if you rely on taxis or trains to get around. Likewise, they are easier to navigate in tighter spaces.
Manual chairs offer fewer parts than that of power wheelchairs and, therefore, require less maintenance or care. Although, it is still important to take care of your chair. You also don't have to rely on batteries or placing the chair next to a power source to charge.
However, you will need the required level of strength and balance to propel yourself in the chair. Continued use can cause shoulder wear and tear, so consult medical advice before purchasing. It's also much harder to travel longer distances with manual wheelchairs as you have to solely rely on your own strength and energy.
If you would like to discuss your options further, please get in touch with our team today. Maidesite is a professional electric wheelchair factory for 11 years, we are experienced and quality is the first priority.