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Power Wheelchairs

Power Chairs

Power chairs can add significant mobility enhancement for the user's day to day life. They are especially useful for individuals who can't use a self-propelled wheelchair or for individuals with a need to travel long distances without becoming fatigued. The most important questions are who will use the chair, where, and for what purpose. Different power wheelchairs are available depending on what the rider needs and each has different features to fit the user's specific needs and desires.

  • Who will be using the Power Chair

    • Electric wheelchairs are designed differently for children, adults, elderly, and bariatric riders. Each one is designed to accommodate different needs of the rider. Pediatric motorized wheelchairs are designed specifically to meet the needs of smaller riders and their caretakers. The Power Tiger from Vitality Medical is an electric wheelchair which is versatile, highly responsive and has great performance.
    • Electric wheelchairs designed for bariatric riders are heavy duty, have stronger motors, and can accommodate large patients. Adult and elderly chairs vary in the amount of power, seat size, front; mid, or rear-wheel drive; and many other features.

  • Where and How Will the Power Chair be Used

    • Just like with all wheelchairs the first question is who will be using the power chair and why they are using a wheelchair. With Powered Wheelchairs, the main concerns are power and stability which changes based on the wheel configuration. The next question is equally important to ask. If they need greater mobility to get around the house or work then the rider needs chair that can clear all the doorways they need. Power chairs can also be used outdoors or indoors or both and clearance may be a second.
    • Wheelchairs that are capable of going over uneven or rougher terrain are usually designed with front wheel drive to prevent tipping. Mid and center drive power chairs allow for a tighter turning radius and are great for turning in tight spaces. Rear-wheel drive wheel chairs are great for riders that need more power to cover aggressive terrain or large distances quickly.
    • Some power chairs are designed primarily for portability so the rider can store their wheelchair in a vehicle while relocating and easily set it up for use again. Another concern is the expense of the wheelchair. If the rider is seeking an affordable power chair there are still many options available for a reasonable price and a variety of features. The 6Runner series for example is a mid-wheel drive chair with great stability and a lower price tag.

  • Settling on a Chair

    • Once you have a good idea what you or the rider needs, selecting features is the next step. Some chairs come with rehab seats designed to maximize comfort and healing while other chairs have powered adjustable seats. Once you've selected a particular make and model of chair in some cases you can retrofit modified chairs to the chassis like this 55 degree tilting chair meant to attach to M51 base chair. When you're ready to pick your chair check out our selection.

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