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Welcome to a basic introduction in choosing a wheelchair. In this wheelchair guide we will help guide you into choosing a wheelchair which is right for you. In addition, we also have a Mobility Forum , where you can ask questions regarding wheelchairs and mobility products.
Choosing a new wheelchair can be a daunting task, as there are so many designs to choose from. There are Electric Wheelchairs , Folding Wheelchairs , Rigid Frame Wheelchairs and the more specialised Sports Wheelchairs. The most common source of a first wheelchair is usually from a Wheelchair Clinic by prescription, or bought from a commercial wheelchair company.
When choosing a new wheelchair, you should always try more than one wheelchair before making your final choice. Also, you should take advice from occupational and physical therapists as to which types of chair you will need.
These professionals will help advise to as to which chair would best suit your needs according to:
When you are looking at different wheelchairs, you should keep in mind the following considerations:
In addition to the above questions, there will also be other considerations to keep in mind such as:
There are many other questions you should ask the supplier of the wheelchair as well such as:
The above will help you reach your final decision. Do not rush into buying the first chair you see, take your time, try many different designs out, and talk to different suppliers to get the best price and service.
Remember, you may be spending allot of your time in your wheelchair, so it needs to be right for you.