Thursday, March 31, 2011

For users who cannot walk

From Lightweight Wheelchairs to Powered Wheelchairs to giant sized CaliforniaElectric Wheelchairs and WheelchairSelecting the right type of wheelchair for your mobility needs can be difficult, particularly if you are new to using them. Essentially, most of us know the basic categories a wheelchair falls into: manual chairs, electric wheelchairs and a third category, mobility scooters.
There are a large number of different styles and plenty of different makes and models to choose from, which of course for first time users can be a baffling business. The best way to start however is to remember that you know your own physical abilities and what you would like to be able to do –all you need to do is to apply that to the particular functions you are testing and if it’s a good fit, great. If not, then don’t stop looking –the right vehicle for your needs is essential, particularly if you need it just to get around from day to day.
If you have difficulty with upper body strength, a manual wheel chair can be hard to manoeuvre. Powered wheelchairs on the other hand can be operated using very simple controls, requiring the minimum of interaction from the user (Let’s face it, most of us would rather not have to fiddle with complicated controls all the time.) As well as the standard joystick control, there are a few other ways in which electric wheelchairs can be operated. Often referred to as alternate control methods, these are intended to allow users to operate other functions on the device aside from mobility, such as breath control, which means that the user can operate the device by blowing into a small tube. These chairs can be designed for a number of different types of terrain, for their ability to turn through tight corners without tipping, for speed, and with a number of different controls depending on the user’s individual circumstances.
For users who can walk, but with some degree of difficulty, a mobility scooter works in a similar way to most powered wheelchairs. Mobility scooters feature a control arm known as a tiller, extending from the front of the chair, which controls the device.
Thinking about how and where you intend to use your wheelchair is also important. Sports lightweight wheelchairs are often used for games such as basketball, however you may find that their lightness and performance based design lends itself to everyday use. Manual lightweight wheelchairs often allow users a little more freedom, as they are lightweight and can be folded away for storage when not being used, making things such as travelling easier.
Most electrically operated wheelchairsrequire a lift to raise and lower the device into the vehicle, but in general they are a great choice for general day to day mobility. Cost can be a major factor, particularly when it comes to insurance. In general, manual chairs are less expensive (Excluding some sports chairs), followed by mobility scooters, with electrical wheelchairs at the top of the price range.

Other components of typical chairs include the wheels, battery and control system.

From Wheelchairs to Powerchairs to giant sized California Electric Wheelchairs,Developed in response to the demand for more in terms of mobility options for elder or disabled people with higher energy efficiency, the advent of electric wheelchairs brought relief to many who have previously struggled with manual options. Since manual wheel chairs, motorised powerchairs were touted as the latest development in mobility, however despite being a huge leap from manual wheel chairs, they were not incredibly reliable. Electric wheelchairs now offer a highly reliable source of transport for those living with disability.
These electrical powerchairs are generally constructed from belts, gears or a combination of the two. All kinds of wheelchairs need to be regularly serviced and checked thoroughly for indications of wear and tear, although models which have been designed with belts will probably need servicing and checking more often than wheelchairs which have been designed to incorporate modern gears. As a side note, generally belt driven models are also quieter than gear operated chairs, but regardless of what model is decided upon by the owner, continual and regular upkeep and maintenance is absolutely essential if the wheelchair is to be kept running at its best.
In general, most electric wheelchairs are built around a stable base frame, however newer models are available which save on both energy and space and which can be conveniently folded up. Other components of typical powerchairs include the wheels, battery and control system.
Lighter materials are now being used to make electrically powered wheelchairs, making them easier to transport while still remaining highly durable. The brakes on the wheelchair are often controlled via a joystick situated on the arm rest and can hold the chair still automatically either when it is turned off or when the chair is stationary. Pneumatic or semi pneumatic wheels are built into the chair, as they are solid and are less likely to become flat. A design feature often found on these chairs is large wheels situated in the back of the chair, with smaller castor wheels at the front for ease of manoeuvrability.
U1 batteries are the type most often used to power these chairs, as they are able to power the chair much longer than many other types of battery. Generally speaking, gel, lead or acid rechargeable batteries are used, and the way in which the chair is controlled can vary from user to user. However the overall design is intended to operate the turning mechanisms, speed and brakes of the chair simultaneously.
While it is true that many electrically powered mobility chairs powered by rechargeable batteries can weigh more than a standard wheel chair, many of the design features make them highly popular with users, such as power tilt and recliner, which allows the user extra comfort and mobility.