Power or electric wheelchairs provide the benefits of a manual wheelchair without the need of carer assistance, greatly improving your independence. If you suffer from upper body disability or have little strength then an Electric Wheelchair may assist. Electric wheelchairs are reliable, comfortable and easy to operate, and can be equipped with features such as kerb climbers.
Benefits of Powered Wheelchairs
“It does allow me to get out by myself and move around with the family without having to be pushed which is great”
“Best thing I ever bought gets my husband out when before I had to push a wheel chair.”
“It has given me the freedom of the open road and lots of fun.”
Types of Electric Wheelchairs
There are two main types of electric wheelchairs:
Traditional electric wheelchairs look similar to a manual chair and simply incorporate a motor system and battery.
Affixed Seating style
This kind of electric wheelchair is more of a modular chair with a power base and affixed seating system. Such systems usually have adjustable heights, plus a reclining and tilt function.
Electric wheelchairs are may be suitable if:
• You are unable to push yourself in a manual wheelchair.
• You find it difficult to transfer from one seat to another.
• You may weak arms of painful shoulder joints.
• You require dual controls
• A joystick is easier to control than handle bar controls which you find on mobility scooters