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What are the Features of Lightweight Wheelchairs?

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What are the Features of Lightweight Wheelchairs?


 

There are lots of ways to customize lightweight wheelchairs. These can range from practical adaptations like stump supports to personal touches like decoration. It is up to you how much you want to adjust your mobility aid so that you feel comfortable.

 

There are some features that are common to most lightweight wheelchairs:

 

Handles – these can be used by a carer to help move you around in your lightweight wheelchair. You can get self-propel models that have hand rims to help you get along by yourself. However, these will still have handles in case you need assistance and to help you manoeuvre the chair when you are not using it;


Back support – this forms the back of the wheelchair. It is more padded on some models than others. You can get extra back support from our range of accessories at Maidesite to help you get to the perfect fit;


Wheels – the tyres on wheelchairs can vary considerably. A sports wheelchair, for example, will have wheels that slope out slightly for extra balance and speed. You can get lightweight wheelchairs with wider wheels to make them more stable and able to handle rougher terrain. It is important that you keep an eye on the inflation and tread on your tyres so that you are always as safe as possible;


Foot rests – these are designed to support your feet while you move around in your lightweight wheelchair. Many models have supports that flip up out of the way so that you can enter and exit the chair without them getting in the way.


There are other optional features that you might wish to explore to ensure you are getting the most out of your lightweight wheelchair. These include:

 

Ultra-lightweight frame – these models can be a little more expensive but they make up for it by being very portable and easier to move around;

Foldable frame – if you intend to travel a lot with your wheelchair, this can be a real. If you are living with mobility challenges, one of the hardest things to deal with can be a loss of independence. You can prevent this from happening with a bit of planning and the right mobility aids. You can choose from a range of power wheelchairs, lightweight wheelchairs and accessories from Maidesite to help with this.

 

While you may not be able to move around quite like the average person, you can still enjoy a high-quality of life and autonomy. Choosing the right mobility aid to meet your needs means considering what you want to be able to achieve.

 

These are some of the categories that people consider when they are choosing power wheelchairs and other mobility aids from Maidesite:

 

Portability – if you want to travel frequently with your mobility aid, you may need to consider either using a lightweight, foldable wheelchair or adapting your vehicle so that you can get your power wheelchair into it with ease. Public transport can be tricky for people with mobility issues but there are ways to tackle most obstacles with a bit of forward planning;

 

Ease of storage – if you are looking at power wheelchairs, you need to consider the size and where you will store it. This is particularly important if you do not intend to use it all of the time. Wherever you keep it, you also need to take into account the fact that it will need charging on a regular basis while you are not using it;

 

Manoeuvrability – what you need to take into account changes depending on where you intend to use your mobility aid. If you are mostly going to use it outdoors or on unusual terrain, you probably want a power wheelchair as these are more suitable for challenges like this. If you need some assistance indoors, a lightweight wheelchair might be more suitable as most of them can be used without any adaptations to your home. power wheelchairs need a bit more space to move around. If it is essential that you have a power wheelchair, you can get models with smaller turning circles that might be suitable. Many users have both a power wheelchair and a lightweight wheelchair so that they can change between the two handy features. It also helps with storage if you don't need to use it all the time.

 


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