Selecting the right wheelchair when you have a spinal-cord injury is important. Your wheelchair will serve as your primary means of transport, and your day-to-day comfort will depend on it. Unfortunately, the process of choosing a wheelchair can be overwhelming. There are so many options on the market today. How do you pick the best one for you?
First, get recommendations from your doctor and physical therapist. They can guide you toward wheelchair designs that are best suited to your unique needs. They also have experience working with the medical supply companies in your area and can put you in touch with a reputable wheelchair vendor.
Next, take the time to really evaluate what you need from your wheelchair. Consider the following:
- Your overall health and upper-body strength
- Where you will use your wheelchair
- How you plan to transport your chair
- Which optional features you’ll need vs. which ones you want
- Your budget, including what your insurance will cover
Your answers to these questions will help you narrow your choices when you’re selecting the wheelchair that suits your physical and lifestyle needs.
It’s also important to understand the options that are available to you. Some people find that a standard self-propelled chair suits their needs. Others prefer a push-assist model in order to avoid upper-body strain. For those who are unable to push their own chairs, joystick-operated power wheelchairs are available. Take the time to learn the differences between these mobility devices. Online research and product reviews can help you make your decision.
Finally, select a wheelchair vendor for the long-term. Seating evaluations, adjustments and regular maintenance are all part of owning a wheelchair. Work with a company with a reputation for excellent customer service.
At Power Mobility and Lifts, selecting the right wheelchair is just as important to us as it is to you. Our experienced technicians can help you through the decision-making process and provide on-site service wherever you live in Arizona. Contact us to learn more about all that we have to offer.
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