Wheelchairs are device that provides mobility to people who are unable to or have difficulty in walking due to illness, disability or injury. Wheelchairs allow the users to move around relatively easily and to lead an active and independent lifestyle.
There are various type of wheelchairs that would meet the demands of the users, such as the manual wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and the power wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs are wheelchairs that have to be propelled manually by hand, whereas electric wheelchairs rely on motors for motion. Manual wheelchairs are cheaper than electric wheelchairs because of their simpler functions. They can also be easily folded and stored in smaller areas such as in the trunk of vehicles.
An advantage to using electric wheelchairs is that the user will no longer needs an assistance from others and could maneuver independently. The electric wheelchairs have greater maneuverability and a better suspension system that absorbs the bumps the wheels travel over. You can even test drive an electric wheelchair before you decide to purchase one. Since every user’s physical disability varies, the user can choose the electric wheelchairs’ control system that is best suited to his physical condition. The user can even customize the electric wheelchairs to fit his or her physical need.
Wheelchair users usually need their wheelchairs to be easily accessible, comfortable, and versatile to use. Then there’s power wheelchairs, which makes the lives of the people who need it totally changed a lot. Power wheelchairs offer the freedom to move from one location to another without having to rely on others for help. Power wheelchairs are generally for those with arm, hand or shoulder disability and have difficulty using manual wheelchairs. The user can control the direction and speed by operating a joystick, and also control many other functions such as reclining and tilting, leg and seat elevation etc.
With today’s technology innovations, the benefits of using wheelchairs no longer limit on moving from one location to another, but also could be use in the field of sports like downhill wheelchair racing, skiing, basketball, and tennis. This kind of wheelchairs intended for sports are already customized from the wheels, speed and agility.
Wheelchairs are available in different sizes, shapes, colors etc. depending on personal preference. There are available accessories that can be found on the market which make the life of a person bound to use a wheelchair more convenient and comfortable like ramps, lifts, and even vans that could fit a wheelchair.