The Different Types Of Wheelchairs

There are many different kinds of wheelchairs that are available for patients who have mobility issues.  This includes custom wheelchairs as well as standard ones.  Custom ones are built specifically for a certain patient to meet their individual lifestyle and needs. Before customization can occur, pertinent information must be obtained from the individual's doctor as well as the patient to ensure that the customization will meet all of the needs of the person who will be using the wheelchair.  The following are different types of wheelchairs that can be customized.

Developing a customized wheelchair takes time and cannot be viewed as just a quick sale by the manufacturer. This helps to ensure that the patient is provided with the most efficient and effective mobility device that has been specifically tailored to meet the individual patient's needs.

Custom Manual Wheelchairs

These types of wheelchairs are well-suited for patients who are active and who have decent upper body strength.  Compared with power wheelchairs they are very lightweight.  They are also a lot easier to move around in and maneuver compared to a power chair.

Basic Power Wheelchair

This type of wheelchair is ideal for a patient who has lack of endurance or is experiencing weakness.  These states could be due to numerous causes, including total knee replacements, obesity or cardiac conditions, to name a few.  They are appropriate for patients who have non-progressive conditions since this type of wheelchair cannot be further modified.  In home settings, the basic power wheelchair is a lot easier to operate than a majority of scooters.

Complex Power Wheelchair

This type of wheelchair is well-suited for neurological patients, including those who suffer from quadrilegia, Parkinson's disease, a stroke or multiple sclerosis.  These wheelchairs come with multiple power components such as tilt/recline features, power head rest and joystick.  They can be further modified over time to meet the changing needs of the patient.  So this type of wheelchair is well-suited for patient's whose health may change over time.

These are some of the main kinds of wheelchairs that can be customized for patients depending on what their individual needs are and whether their health will likely change over time or not.  It is very important to fully assess a patient's health and needs before any wheelchair is customized for their use. That is why you should only work with a reputable wheelchair manufacturer or dealer to ensure you get the best wheelchair to fit your needs.