23 Jul Wheelchair Buying Guide by MobiQuip Mobility
The Wheelchair Buying Guide Of Dreams
You might think that purchasing a wheelchair for yourself or a loved one is simply a case of finding a supplier and placing your order – but there’s so much more to consider to ensure that you get the perfect piece of mobility equipment to suit your needs and our wheelchair buying guide does that.
Don’t place your order before taking a look at our five-step guide to buying a wheelchair.
Its pretty obvious that you or the person you are purchasing the chair for will be using the wheelchair, but are they able to self-propel the chair or will they need someone else to help them?
Self-propelling chairs still have the handles at the back so someone else can help push and steer the wheelchair, but they also come with larger wheels making it easier for the owner to use the wheelchair themselves.
Attendant or transit wheelchairs on the other hand have smaller rear wheels, making them easier to manoeuvre for the carer or relative.
Although self-propelling chairs are a popular choice, it really is down to how the wheelchair is going to be used on a daily basis and the ability of the user to propel themselves.
How long and how frequently you use the wheelchair is also important. If the wheelchair is going to be used on a daily basis for several hours, then comfort is a key deciding factor that needs to be taken into account.
For those who’ll be using the wheelchair far less frequently, then a lightweight model is probably a better option as they are easier to move, lift and store away when not needed.
The weight of wheelchair models can vary, with lightweight aluminium wheelchairs with carbon spoke wheels being amongst the lightest.
Steel framed wheelchairs tend to be heavier, but have robust frames and sturdy wheels. If you’re adding on arm and foot rests, the weight of the chair will be increased, so this is something worth thinking about before selecting a wheelchair model.
Whichever wheelchair you choose, just make sure that you take the weight into account and ensure that anyone needing to push or lift the chair will be able to do so safely and comfortably.
Trips to see friends, hospital visits and days out often mean that you’ll need to transport the wheelchair in your car.
Ask yourself if the wheelchair will fit into the boot of your car easily and if you might need to dismantle the chair from time to time to help get it to your destination as this is another feature that some wheelchair models offer. If our wheelchair buying guide isn’t enough you can get more helpful advice on selecting the right wheelchair, speak to a knowledgeable and friendly member of the MobiQuip team today