Living with chronic illness can be tough, particularly when I see others with the same conditions deteriorating to the point where they lose mobility and require a wheelchair to get around in. I am very aware that one day, that could be me, and for that reason I am always prepared with things to consider when choosing a wheelchair should the time come when that is my reality.
1. Manual or Electric?
Deciding whether to buy a manual or electric wheelchair is totally down to the users requirements and also personal preference. For me, should I reach a point where a wheelchair would be necessary, it would be due to a huge deterioration in my mobility which would more than likely involve the use of my arms and hands. Lacking strength in your arms can make propelling a manual wheelchair very difficult, if not impossible, and for that reason an electric one may be preferable.
2. Your measurements
If you thought that all wheelchairs were the same size, you’d be wrong. There are wheelchairs designed for all age groups, and all sizes, and many wheelchair providers will take your measurements into consideration before advising you on the correct wheelchair to suit your needs.
3. Find a well respected provider
Finding a well respected provider of wheelchairs is really important as when you are in need of a wheelchair you need to be sure that it’s not going to let you down. Having spoken to fellow chronic illness sufferers many have recommended wheelchairs from Fenetic Wellbeing which is great as I find personal recommendations are very helpful when making these decisions.
Deciding where you are going to store the wheelchair is something to consider as many can be very bulky, heavy, or difficult to store. Although there are many wheelchairs which do fold, many do not, and transporting them in a regular vehicle can prove impossible. These are all issues to really think about before making that purchase.
I would advise anyone looking to buy a wheelchair to do your research, assess your needs, and think about the practicalities of use and transportation. Good luck!
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