When it comes to prescribing power equipment, our approach to each client is personal. We have numerous wheelchair brands and models which we can customise to meet any client’s specific needs and criteria.
The popularity of electric wheelchairs as a mobility option is rapidly increasing especially among elderly and disabled people. Choosing the right wheelchair is an important decision you and your therapist will make. It is a tool that will be an integral part of your life and even if you don’t realise it, it will influence your life and health. The fact you are going to use your wheelchair in every day life is very important especially if you are choosing your first chair.
Front-wheel drive design can keep feet positioned closer to the body, and can help keep seat-to-floor heights low.
Mid-wheel drive wheelchairs are highly manouverable and give the best all round performance of the 3 types. Mid-wheel drive chairs create the smallest turning radius and hence make these chairs extremely manouverable. The ability of mid-wheel drive chairs to turn within their own axis is useful for moving in very narrow places (halls), or passing through doorways. Mid-wheel drive chairs are the most popular choice of wheel location as the wheels are located underneath the seat in line with body axis which tends to mimic the location of our feet when we walk.
With drive wheels positioned at the rear these type of wheelchairs have a larger turning radius compared to Mid Wheel Drive chairs. Most rear-drive chairs have a more basic suspension system than other types, but on the other side, this wheelchair type is still a popular choice for paediatric users.