It can be difficult understanding which electric wheelchair is the perfect one for you. To help you, we've come up with a framework and some essential questions to think about when choosing one.
We split this into 3 key sections; your clinical needs, your travel requirements and th environment you will be using it in.
Your clinical needs
Which is right for my weight?
Different electric wheelchairs can carry varying user weights. For a lightweight person you will have a wide choice, if you are heavier you may find your choice is more limited. When browsing our range of electric wheelchairs, you can filter by weight - easy! Click here to see them.
How will you get into and out of your wheelchair?
A lot of electric wheelchair users are able to walk up to the chair, turn around and sit in it. However, footplates can sometimes make this more tricky. You may want a chair where the footplate folds away to give unobstructed access to the chair. Alternatively, swing away footrests are popular too.
If you transfer via hoist, you may need an electric wheelchair where the armrests lift up and out of the way to give access from the side.
As always, our team of professionals can advise you on which model to choose.
Do you require special functions?
You may require additional functionality from an electric wheelchair, for example a tilt function or seat elevation. If you're unsure, you should speak to our team, or for those with complex needs, talk to our team of Occupational Therapists who can prescribe some of the best powerchairs on the market.
Am I going to be using it indoors or outdoors?There are a few hybrid Electric Wheelchairs or Power Chairs that allow for use in both an indoor or outdoor environment. One of our favourites is the Freedom A08L which has larger wheels offering a smooth transition between different surfaces.
Big wheels or little wheels?Although bigger wheels will offer more stability and traction they may not be suitable for an Electric Wheelchair solely used for indoors. Smaller wheels offer the possibility to move in tighter spaces such as hallways and through door frames - perfect for indoor use.
How far do you want to go?You may be surprised just how long a battery will last in an Electric Wheelchair. Our Freedom Range allows for more than one battery to be fitted into the Electric Wheelchair. The A08 and A08L offer the possibility of 3 batteries to be used offering up to 27 miles of use.
Does it need to be small for storage?
You'll be glad to know that Electric Wheelchairs may be smaller than you thought. Using a simple forward folding design, our Freedom chairs can tuck themselves into a package that fits into most car boots. The Joyrider 2.0 and the i-Go are also able to fold neatly.
Can I lift it (and do I need to?)
Electric Wheelchairs come in different weights regarding on the overall size and functions of the chair, these can range from anywhere between 14kg to 33kg. The Freedom, the i-Go and the Joy Rider 2.0 all feature a folding design. If you feel you need support in lifting it into the boot of a car a hoist may be a solution for you. Talk to us for more information on this,
What is the overall cost?Electric wheelchair prices vary depending on the functions of the chair and build quality. Equipment that has been designed solely for people with a disability, chronic or terminal illness or the adaptation of equipment so they can use it, can be VAT exempt. This applies to the Electric Wheelchair range.