Standard wheelchairs, or manual wheelchairs, are mobility equipment aids for those unable to walk unassisted or who can only take a few steps before needing a rest. A manual wheelchair will have large rear wheels that are used to manually propel the chair which does require moderate upper body strength, so seniors with limited upper body strength may be more suited for a mobility scooter or power chair.
There are a lot of factors that are important to consider when purchasing a wheelchair. If you have never bought a wheelchair before and are not familiar with them, the options can be somewhat overwhelming. We want to help you with this process by taking you through the most important wheelchair features you should consider for your level of senior care. Wheelchairs are designed to be durable and comfortable for long time usage. The average lifespan of a wheelchair is 2 to 3 years with normal daily usage. You should first consider how frequently you will be using the wheelchair, as this will help you choose a wheelchair that will fit your needs and allow you to get the most out of the chair throughout its lifespan.
The right wheelchair for seniors is one that fits your budget, your level of individual needs for care, and is user-friendly, so that the user can maintain the most independence and increase mobility. Comfort is a very important consideration for a wheelchair user. Seat cushions, padded armrests, and back support can be added to most wheelchairs in order to increase the level of comfort and correct posture. The seat size also makes a difference in the comfort level of the mobility device. The seat width and depth are specifications that should be taken into account when choosing the correct wheelchair for your own body.
Another factor to consider before purchasing mobility products is how much you plan on needing to transport or travel with your wheelchair. You may want to consider a transport chair that is a more lightweight wheelchair and can be folded for easy travel use.
When the time comes to upgrade from a rollator to a wheelchair, trust EZ Walker's selection of best-selling wheelchairs to keep you moving around and enjoying life. We also carry several wheelchair cushion products and other wheelchair accessory products to improve your comfort when using a wheelchair.