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Choosing a mobility device can be overwhelming, especially if you or a loved one is a first-time user. There are many options available with different impacts on your utility, accessibility, and comfort. Wheelchairs are incredibly beneficial ambulatory devices, but there are so many options that many people don't know what might be best for them. Read on to learn the differences between the many wheelchair options available to you!
Wheelchairs are a great long-term solution to maintaining independence despite mobility or stability issues, and manual, self-propelled wheelchairs are the most common type. Defining features include:
For users who have limited arm strength or mobility, or who are prone to fatigue, battery-powered wheelchairs with an electric motor are a great option. Defining features include:
Powered wheelchairs are endlessly adaptable and can come in many different sizes and formats, but they may also require some level of maintenance, as well as awareness of typical battery life and driving range. Some can be bulky and may require your home to have larger passageways, and may even require an adapted van or accessible public transportation options. But despite the learning curve, these are immensely helpful devices for providing independence to people with complex medical conditions.
Body position is important for anyone with a complex medical or mobility issue. Positioning wheelchairs have advanced adjustment options to keep your body in a position that supports physiological functions like respiration, circulation, digestion, and cardiac functions, as well as relieves pressure to prevent tissue trauma to vulnerable parts of your body. Defining features include:
For more active wheelchair users, a sports wheelchair can help you more readily participate in physical activities you enjoy! Defining features include:
Related are handcycles, arm-powered bikes that present a sporty option for active and athletic wheelchair users. Both casual and competitive racing handcycles are available.
Also of interest are beach wheelchairs, chairs with large, balloon-like tires that prevent the chair from sinking into sand.
A wheelchair doesn't have to mean constant sitting. The health benefits of regular standing have been widely studied in recent years -- you may be familiar with the trend of standing office desks -- and standing wheelchairs are made with this in mind. Defining features include:
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Mountainside Medical Equipment’s storefront is located at 9266 Old River Road, Marcy, New York 13403. It’s open from Monday to Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.