Here at Freedom Mobility, we have many different wheelchairs for sale. Truth be told, there are so many different options available, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And if this is your first time shopping for a wheelchair, you might have no idea what you are looking for. Below are a few questions you should ask yourself to help you select the right wheelchair for your unique mobility needs.
Temporary or Long-Term Use?
Whether or not you will be in your wheelchair for an extended period of time will make a huge difference. If you’re buying a wheelchair you plan on using for an extended period of time, be sure that you purchase a durable wheelchair with a good warranty. If you’re only going to be using a wheelchair temporarily, you should consider renting a wheelchair in Maryland instead.
Who will operate the wheelchair?
There are two main types of wheelchairs: powered and manual. Powered wheelchairs obviously offer the highest level of mobility for the user, but they do cost more. Manual wheelchairs aren’t as expensive, but they are harder for the seated person to use to get around. That said, a manual wheelchair is a great option if there will be someone assisting the wheelchair-bound in getting around.
How long will you be sitting in the wheelchair each day?
Your comfort should be one of your main concerns. If you plan on being in the wheelchair only for an hour or two every day, then you don’t need to worry as much about your comfort than if you plan on spending a significant amount of time in your new mobility device. If you’re going to spend a lot of time in the wheelchair, pressure ulcers will be a serious concern; so be sure to explore your seating options and possibly purchase an upgraded wheelchair cushion.
Where will you travel to?
If you’re constantly moving around from place to place all day, then a manual wheelchair will get tiring very quickly. If you’re planning on covering large distances with hilly or bumpy terrain, consider a powered wheelchair—one with larger more shock-resistant wheels as well.
More than one wheelchair?
Most customers quickly realize finding one single wheelchair for all of their needs is quite a challenge. Luckily, the wheelchairs we carry here at Freedom Mobility are affordable and we also offer financing options if necessary. This will allow you to get a wheelchair for travel which fits great into a vehicle, while also purchasing a powered wheelchair you can use to get around work or school. Freedom Mobility is a Maryland wheelchair store and accessibility specialist who can help you find the best wheelchair for your needs at an affordable price. For more information on the brands and types of mobility equipment we carry, give us a call at 1-888-414-6553 or fill out the form on our website, today!