This is a guest post contributed by Paul Stiner of AllMobilityScooters.com
There may be a time in a person’s life that a wheelchair is needed. If the need is short-lived, then a manual wheelchair will be sufficient. If the need is long-term, they may want to look into the possibility of acquiring an electric wheelchair. These are a bit more expensive, but they also allow the individual with much more freedom.
Electric wheelchairsare the perfect solution to resolving the mobility needs of seniors. If Medicare is their primary insurance, 80% of the cost should be covered. If secondary insurance is also being used, they may pay the difference. Therefore, cost should not a problem. If so, there are other types of assistance.
The biggest advantage of electric wheelchairs as opposed to manual wheelchairs is the freedom the disabled person will have. When in the chair, no addition assistance is needed in order for the person to get around. They will be able to go pretty much anywhere there are not steps if there is payment, even up hills. An electric wheelchair is also much easier on those with less upper body strength.
There are several types of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Before purchasing one, read reviews on the different types and ask others who are using one for their opinions and suggestions. The individual should ask their doctor, physical therapist or salespeople at the mobility stores which ones they feel are the best options for them. The average speed of an electric wheelchair is between four and five miles per hour which is usually sufficient, since that is the normal speed to keep up with others that may be accompanying the individual in the wheelchair.
Electric wheelchairs run on either a rechargeable wet cell or gel cell battery. Many electric wheelchairs are advertised as having a range of between 20 and 25 miles per charge. The length of the charge is dependent on the type, size and age of the battery, the rider’s weight, the speed that the chair is driven, consistency of speed and the terrain. Going up hills will use more battery charge than if using on a flat surface. Usually a wet cell battery will give a better range which may be a major concern if going out to a lot of touring in one day without stopping to recharge.
Obviously, an electric wheelchair will be heavier considering the additional weight of a battery and possible other equipment that may be added. If the wheelchair will be transported often, that will need to be taken into consideration. A wheelchair lift attachment on the car being used will be a necessity. If traveling by plane or ship, assistance to have it lifted will also be necessary at times.
The invention of the electric wheelchair has done wonders for the lives of active seniors who want to continue living a somewhat normal lifestyle. They can continue coming and going as they please without waiting for someone to come and help push them. There are many people using electric wheelchairs now that are able to continue participating in many of the same sports they love. Just because of physical disabilities, life as known before the disability does not have to change totally thanks to an electric wheelchair.