Top Features To Look For In An Electric Mobility Chair
by Beverly Walker
If you have been having trouble getting around due to declining
health, age or injury, you can still get out and about. In this
age of technology, you can let an electric mobility chair (sometimes
referred to as a scooter) do the work for you! An electric mobility
chair will help you get around the house or around the town. If
you think these chairs are just electronic wheelchairs, think again.
Many of the newest mobility chairs will do things such as climb
curbs, go up or down stairs, raise or lower yourself as needed,
even trek through obstacles such as sand and gravel.
There are many features to look for when you decide to purchase
a mobility chair. One feature you will definitely want to consider
carefully is the turning radius. The smaller the turning radius,
the easier you can get around in a big crowd, small stores, or your
narrow household hallways.
The Jazzy 1103 offers a turning radius of 18 inches
- one of the best for mobility chairs. It is designed to be used
in tight quarters, so if you need to use the chair inside your house,
but you do not have a lot of space, look for a chair with a good
turning radius. Check out the electric mobility chairs with one
wheel rather than two wheels in the front. They usually are easier
and better for tight turning.
Mobility chairs with two wheels provide the most stability and
are better for outdoor use. For those that intend on spending a
lot of time riding on paved streets, there are special all terrain
mobility chairs. These are especially nice for people who live in
an urban area and may take their chairs down to the corner grocery
store, post office, or drug store. If you plan to take your scooter
outdoors, you will want to see what the chair's maximum speed is.
Most are between 4 and 5.75 miles per hour although some move as
fast as 10 miles per hour.
Many of the special features of an electronic mobility chair will
depend on your personal preferences. There are chairs with high
backs, but if you plan to put your chair in the car to travel, consider
that these chairs often weigh more. If you are looking for something
lightweight, you may want to go with chairs with low backs. Ask
the salesperson how the chair disassembles. Most chairs are designed
to be taken apart; however, some have heavier pieces than other
chairs. This will be important if you will be loading the chair
into a car because you want the lightest pieces.
Of course, you can choose from a variety of different colors to
find a chair that suits your personality. And there are many add-on
features for chairs as well. The Monster Bag attaches to the back
of your chair and is great for carrying laundry, shopping items,
groceries - anything you can think of! It also comes with a frame
so it remains open, giving you two free hands to work with.
Some chairs come with small baskets attached to the front for ease
of use. If you are going to be outside at night, you may want a
chair with lights so others can see you. For your comfort, some
chairs have armrests (which fold down), while some do not. If you
are going to spend much time in your mobility chair, you may want
to consider getting a model that has a headrest. Again, this will
add a little more bulk and weight to the chair, but may be worth
it in the end.
There are other things to consider before you choose a chair. If
you have trouble with arthritis or hip problems and cannot get up
from a chair easily, do not worry. Many mobility chairs come with
an electric seat lift that makes it easier for you to sit down and
get up from your chair. If you are obese, there are special four-wheel
mobility chairs made for people who weight between 350 and 500 pounds.
In breakthrough technology, the new i-BOT Mobility chair uses sensors
to be able to go up and down stairs on two wheels.
Most companies that sell electric mobility chairs will work with
you on payment. Medicare may cover as much as 80% of the cost (the
company often handles all the filing of paperwork), and if you have
additional insurance, you may have no out of pocket cost.
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