Things to Consider when Buying a Wheelchair
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When it comes to buying a wheelchair, careful consideration and research should go into such a significant decision. Whether buying a mobility aid for yourself or a loved one, there are many factors that need to be taken into account. Your friends at Lake Superior Medical Equipment have come up with a basic guide to help you make a more informed decision. At the end of the day, what matters is that you end up with a wheelchair that’s comfortable, easy to use, economical and helps you get around more easily.
Are you in the market for a new wheelchair? Lake Superior Medical Equipment is the perfect place for you. Drop by one of our locations in Duluth and Cloquet, MN to check out our wide array of manual and power wheelchairs. Our dedicated staff will help you pick out the right one for your needs.
Your stamina and strength play an important role when it comes to steering a manual wheelchair. If you can propel yourself forward without exerting yourself too much, a manual wheelchair is worth considering. Your speed will be reduced if you have to exert a lot of effort into operating your wheelchair. Speed is essential in many situations, like crossing the street. Also, keep the terrain in mind. You could encounter curbs which are not easy to navigate or roads that are bumpy. If you’re able to pop a wheelie and overcome these hiccups, that’s a useful skill for handling challenging areas.
More often than not, power wheelchairs are considered to be more effective than their manual counterparts. For one thing, less exertion goes into maneuvering a power wheelchair. However, they are often quite heavy and cumbersome to carry around. So if you travel a lot and your wheelchair needs to be transported frequently, a manual wheelchair could be a more sensible idea. Now talking of the advantages, a power wheelchair is just your thing if you get tired very fast. Steering a power wheelchair has little to do with muscle power and is battery operated.
Upgrading your wheelchair is always a smart idea and improves the performance of your wheelchair by quite a few notches. Some of the more common and popular wheelchair accessories are supplemental mobility aid holders for canes or crutches, beverage holders so you can stay hydrated, backpacks or tote bags for tour personal items, portable oxygen tank carriers, cushions that provide more comfort and so on. You might buy a wheelchair minus its bells and whistles, but a little accessorizing here and there can make a wonderful difference to the overall experience.
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