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How to choose an active wheelchair?
Since wheelchair users are largely dependent on them, they have to rely on wheelchairs for mobility and independence. It is very important that wheelchairs are adaptable to individual users and their needs. Many wheelchairs designed for outdoor use are not suitable for indoor use, for a number of reasons:
To begin with, let us determine the difference between different types of wheelchairs: there are manual and electric wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs are mechanical and we divide them into wheelchairs with foldable frames and the ones with rigid frames.To use a manual wheelchair, you need to have enough strength in your hands and be able to control the upper part of the body to a certain extent. This type of wheelchair is also called active or standard wheelchair.
When it comes to models, there are two basic types of manual wheelchairs:1. Folding wheelchair
All of them have a similar folding mechanism —a foot pedal and pulling up the seat upholstery. All dimensions, i.e. the width and depth of the seat, and the height of the backrest can be individually adjusted when choosing a wheelchair. Likewise, the seat slope and the possibility of rolling over can be adjusted according to the level of disability and the user’s knowledge. This wheelchair is most suitable as an everyday wheelchair. Folding wheelchairs are not recommended for sports activities as they cannot be sufficiently adapted due to their limited adjustment capacity. In addition, many moving parts which allow folding are not stable enough for some sports activities, such as basketball. Folding wheelchairs are recommended to persons who:
The advantage of this type of wheelchair is the fact that they have fewer moving parts, which means that they are generally stronger and last longer than foldable wheelchairs. A wheelchair with a solid frame, i.e. a non-folding wheelchair, is designed to follow the shape of the user’s body, while the design of folding wheelchairs are focused on the folding feature.
Wheelchairs with a solid frame are recommended to persons who:
Electric wheelchairs are ideal for active users because they give them the opportunity to ride comfortably.
Which adjustment options does a good wheelchair have?
And finally, before the final selection, it is important that you ask yourself these questions:
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