Choosing Upgrades for a Power Wheelchair

When shopping for a power wheelchair, it doesn’t take long to realize there are many options and upgrades for power wheelchairs. Lots of questions develop and you feel a little overwhelmed, but this is all very normal. There are some important things to keep in mind when considering your upgrades for a power wheelchair.  Some options to consider before ordering your wheelchair:

  • Consider whether your power chair will be used for indoors, outdoors or both? Will your vehicle need a ramp or a lift? Do you have specific needs such as adjustments to seat or backrest?  Is there room in your budget for comfort options or do you need to stick to a standard with your personal requirements?
  • Seating – This part of the chair is most important as far as comfort. You are going to spend a lot of time in the seat, so make sure it is the right one for you.  Know that due to the amount of time you sit in the chair, the seat cushions will need to be replaced more often than other parts, though they can usually be washed, which is a plus.  Test out seat cushions if you get the opportunity.
  • Tires – Depending on your need, it matters what of the kinds of tires you choose. The first kind of tire is the pneumatic, or air-filled tires.  Just like the ones on your car, they are great over multiple surfaces, but can puncture, and need maintenance.  The second type is known as foam-filled and requires far less maintenance because they do not puncture, but they are less comfortable on rough surfaces.
  • Batteries – There are several types of batteries to choose from, and again, depending on your individual needs, any of these batteries will do. Some are lower maintenance and spill-proof with a higher cost for this convenience, and some are more like the batteries we see in other vehicles, which cost less but need more maintenance.   Make sure you speak with your provider to go over the different types of batteries and which one may be best for you.

When considering upgrades for a power wheelchair, it is important to be aware that there are so many options out there to increase your comfort, mobility and overall quality of life.  One great place to start looking is to go through your health insurance, or Aeroflow Direct, if you prefer to pay cash.  We have knowledgeable staff members who can answer your questions.  Just call 888-345-1780 and select option two.  Let’s get you going in the right direction for a power wheelchair!

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