How to select a wheelchair

When looking for a wheelchair, we encounter a huge variety of options in which it’s easy to get lost. we’ve tried to simplify the existing variety by bringing the Best Value for Money selection under the Wheelchair     page but in order to select the wheelchair which best feat your needs, let’s go over some basic guideline on how to select a wheel chair for the elderly.

You should expect from your parent to be overwhelmed by the idea of having to use a wheelchair.

Know that the average lifetime a wheelchair is around 5 years so please take this in consideration.

It is important to include your parent in the decision when shopping for wheelchairs. Talk to them about their mobility issues. Ask what they would like their new wheelchair to accomplish and ask about any additional specifications they may have. Even if you are doing the majority of the research and shopping, you should show them the choices before making a purchase. The final decision should be theirs.

Before receiving the Necessary Medical Letter, try to understand:

  • What kinds of activities that our parent does (or did) every day, and are the most important for him/her in order to get back to their Daily routine?
  • How will our parent move their wheelchair from place to place?
  • How will our parent move from the wheelchair to other surfaces?
  • In case our parent Need help to move around with a wheelchair, what qualities mattered to the helping person, his comfort and his needs (for example such as a lightweight wheelchair)
  • How would our parent drive his wheelchair in the neighborhood or in the yard? What kind of surfaces or slopes are involved?

Each patient has different physical and health condition, you may need to add some special requirement for your parent’s prescription in a wheelchair – so please make sure these needs are added to the prescription. Examples include: a pressure relief cushion, a solid seat or back, brake inserts, special push hoops, a one-sided or low-floor drive to allow push with the legs.

In the event that there is a third party that pays in the wheelchair, for example an insurance company – a Letter of Medical Necessity or Justification by the physician, since the original prescription in most cases is too general and may ignore other items such as if our parent will continue to live alone, for mobility at home, and outdoors, it is recommended to choose a wheelchair motorized rather than manual.

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