It is also important to consider your current and future needs. The worst thing you can do is purchase a chair based upon your current needs and find out in three-to-five years that the chair no longer satisfies your mobility needs. It becomes very expensive to have to buy another chair in a couple of years because it no longer supports your mobility needs.
I have written about the importance of seeing a ‘seating specialist’ to help evaluate your current and future needs and also show you, and allow you to test drive, the options available.
Another KD’er told me about this website that has helpful information, videos and other considerations for selecting the correct wheelchair (manual or power). I perused through the site and found the videos and comparisons quite helpful. The videos help you see a chair being used and its potential limitations.
- For an overview on several potential chairs including 32 videos: http://www.christopherreeve.org/site/c.mtKZKgMWKwG/b.8124165/k.D9D4/Power_Wheelchair_Comparisons.htm
- For a comparison chart of these chairs: