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UPGRADE YOUR OLD WHEELCHAIR: LEARN ABOUT BUYING A POWER WHEELCHAIR

Today several options can make buying a power wheelchair a daunting task. Before making any decisions, take the time to review any options and figure out what things you need the most. The freedom you gain from your purchase will make the time you have spent worth it. When shopping around for one of these wheelchairs, there are several features available that should be considered. One example is the seating. The styles of seats can vary from a captain seat to what is referred to as a sling seat. Some will feature removable armrests and adjustable leg rests. Here are some of the things to consider when buying a wheelchair

Purpose

Some people are very active and will be out and about all of the time with their wheelchair and others that are more likely just to use them around the house. How it will be used is something else that needs to be considered when buying a wheelchair. If it is for an active person, then finding one that will withstand hills and grass and will work on blacktop and pavement is a must. If it is used primarily inside, then it must be able to fit through hallways and make sharp turns into rooms

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How the wheelchair will be transported is another consideration. If it is transported in a van or truck, a wheelchair lift might be the best choice. If a car is used to transport it, finding a model that folds or can be broken down into smaller sections might be more desirable.

Speed And Range Of The Battery

Something else that is important to consider is the speed and the range of the battery. Having it go fast enough to keep up with a normal walking pace is important to active people that want the freedom to do things with their group of friends still. The range of the battery will be lessened by factors such as going uphill, driving on grass or even traveling across thick carpeting.

Budget

Finally, the amount of money in the budget for the wheelchair is a deciding factor as well. During the last several years, the prices on these chairs have dropped. More and more insurance companies are recognizing the need for them and the well-being of the people that need them. For this reason, insurance companies are starting to be willing to cover part or all of the cost.One of the best things you can do for yourself when you are looking for a power wheelchair is to use a reputable dealer. They are trained to be able to answer all of your questions and help match you to the right chair for your needs. There are many options to choose from, but it does not have to be an overwhelming experience.