When someone is looking at their options when it comes to mobility aids for the first time, it can seem like a sea of information. Some people might find it tricky to pick the one that is right for them. Research is one of the best ways to compare the different options, as well as talking to experts and anyone who already uses mobility aids like powerchairs.
A reputable supplier of powerchairs, like Karma Mobility, often has an extensive range on their website. This is a good place to start browsing. After that, someone can visit a local stockist of the same products and begin to test out the different models.
These are some of the questions that someone might ask themselves when setting out to buy powerchairs or other mobility equipment:
- Where do I want to go in my mobility aid?
- Am I hoping to use my mobility aid indoors, outdoors, or a combination of both?
- What kind of terrain do I want to cover?
- What are my physical needs and/or limitations?
- Do I have the ability to charge a powerchair?
- What kind of storage space do I have?
- What’s my budget?
- What does my healthcare provider recommend?
- How will I transport my mobility aid if I need to?
Powerchairs are often used for getting around outdoors although they can be used indoors if there is enough space. Some powerchairs require less room to manoeuvre than others so this is something that people can explore with an experienced dealer. They are good for trickier terrain and long distances but they do need to be charged on a regular basis. A lot of users will do this overnight. Many people find that they can get around in a powerchair unaided using the joystick control. This offers them a level of independence that they might not have access to when they use a self-propelled wheelchair.
Powerchairs can be more expensive than some manual models but there may be assistance available to help with the costs under the right circumstances. This is something that people can explore online or their healthcare provider might be able to point them in the right direction.