You may be thinking about upgrading your wheelchair to an electric power wheelchair or simply want to find out more about the benefits of buying an electric wheelchair.
Electric wheelchairs can offer those with limited mobility a number of benefits, including the chance to get around easier and more comfortably. There is a range of electric wheelchairs on the market, some with adjustable options, so you are sure to find the ideal powered wheelchair for you. Here is the information you need to know about electric wheelchairs and how they can enhance your life.
What is an electric wheelchair?
An electric wheelchair, also known as a power wheelchair, is a wheelchair with a rechargeable battery and a motor to power the wheels. Rather than having to manually turn the wheels yourself or have someone push you, you can move around easily without as much effort. There are power wheelchairs to suit any lifestyle, whether you prefer to be inside or out, which is why an electric wheelchair can be a great addition to your life.
What are the benefits of buying an electric wheelchair?
Because there are so many options when it comes to purchasing electric wheelchairs, you can benefit in a number of ways. Although some power wheelchairs will come at a higher price point than manual wheelchairs, they can offer many more useful features.
More freedom and accessibility
Powered wheelchairs allow users to get around without having to exert energy, which means that it is possible to get out for longer and a much further distance. The batteries on a power wheelchair can last for around 8 hours before needing a charge again, so those with limited mobility can easily transport for shopping, fresh air, and just about anything else!
For those that require a wheelchair but can also walk short distances, an electric wheelchair allows the user to get out with less effort and therefore have more energy to walk when necessary. A powered wheelchair can allow much more outdoor freedom and accessibility.
Because a power wheelchair hosts a motor and battery, the models are usually slightly larger in size than ordinary wheelchairs. This means that there is more room for comfort, including bigger cushions, support and stability.
The chair can easily be customised for an individual so that they are provided with optimum support while travelling around. Here at Momentum healthcare, our power wheelchairs require a seating assessment so that we can make sure your seat is perfectly comfortable and safe for your use.
Power wheelchairs can be safer than ordinary wheelchairs because they are less likely to tip over. When moving about outdoors, the chair is much more stable when travelling over bumps and debris on pavements and other terrains. An electric wheelchair is much more stable with a lower centre of gravity, which makes moving about in the chair less of a risk to safety.
Easier to operate
Power wheelchairs are ideal for indoor use because many have compact designs and anti-tilt wheels which allow for easier use in tight spaces. For those that are disabled or have little to no mobility, a power wheelchair can make life incredibly easier; users can simply move about with the touch of a button or lever. The electric wheelchairs at Momentum Healthcare have a variety of speed settings, which makes outdoor use and travelling long distances much easier.
Which types of powered mobility chairs can I find?
There are many electric wheelchairs on the market in Ireland that can be customised and have features added to better suit your lifestyle. Options for those with little mobility include:
- Foldable powered chairs
- Larger motors
- Reclining seats
- Seat lift
- Joystick and keypad options
- Special operator controls
You can explore your indoor and outdoor powered wheelchair options with our friendly team at Momentum Healthcare. While shopping with us for power wheelchairs or mobility scooters, we will book you into a full assessment which will ensure your chair is perfect for your measurements and lifestyle.
Momentum Healthcare is Ireland’s leading wheelchair expert and provides a range of powered wheelchairs, no matter what your requirements. We believe in the quality of product and service and you deserve nothing less. Our seating specialists have years of experience in fitting wheelchairs and making you or your loved one feel comfortable and at ease in the process.
Our team are more than happy to help you find the perfect electric wheelchair in Ireland. We also provide mobility scooters, therapy aids and kids buggies. Find out more on our website here and do not hesitate to contact us on (056) 771 2394.