8 Things to Look for in a Power Chair
When you are in the market for a power chair there are a lot of questions and it’s not always easy to know what you are looking for. Though we stand by our chair 100%, it might not be right for everyone. In any case, we put together 8 things to look for in a power chair to help you find your perfect fit:
1. Comfort – In many cases a power chair is someone’s only form of mobility and spending a lot of time in one warrants a chair that is comfortable to avoid potential troubles like pressure sores or overall discomfort. Make sure your power chair has the comfort and support you need so as to not interfere with your power chair experience.
2. Adjustability – If you are in a power chair all day, it is important to have one that adjusts because the health benefits of standing are enormous–even chairs that tilt can offer much relief on the other parts of the body. Adjustability can be an excellent means of therapy if you are always in your chair.
3. Shear Mechanism – Shear is friction on the skin caused by being dragged across a surface and a chair that reduces shear is much more comfortable. If your chair adjusts, look for one with good shearing mechanisms so your chair moves with you and not against you.
4. Speed – If you are only using your power chair at home, speed doesn’t matter much. If you like to get out, ask about how fast your chair can go if you are interested in speed; some go up to 11 mph and a few are able to go off-road too!
5. Trained Staff and Technicians – Buying a power chair is much more personal than buying a car so look for a company with a trained staff who will make sure they find the right fit for YOU. If you spend most of your time in your power chair you don’t want an uncustomized chair because every “body” is different.
6. Fit – You should look for a power chair that fits your body type because one chair does not fit all. The height of your power chair, if not specific to your height can cause improper posture, back pain, and general discomfort especially if your chair adjusts. Make sure you find a power chair that also gives you enough room with the type of clothes you wear, supports your weight, and can maneuver around your house.
7. Battery – Battery life is important when out and about for long periods of time. Make sure your power chair’s battery lasts as long as you need it to, is easily charged and you can even look for power-to-go chargers that charge your power chair right from your car!
8. Quality of Parts – Power chairs can be expensive so after purchasing one you want the parts to last a long time. High-quality parts and high-quality welding will make for a sturdy wheelchair so make sure to ask about what your chair is made of and if you can, inspect the welding or ask for a trained technician to show you.
The Redman 2013 Chief 107-ZRx is the total package; but use this guide when you are shopping for your next power chair, it will help. As always, give us a call if you have any questions, or click here to contact us.