A portable wheelchairs is a very important piece of mobility equipment for any patient. There are many instances where a patient would find himself in need of one, no just in cases of long-term disability. Upon admittance and discharge from the hospital, a patient is wheeled around. Those with temporary hurts to their lower extremities will also need a portable wheelchair for a short time. No matter the reasons for needing a portable wheelchair, many will find themselves looking for the right one for themselves, their patients, or for their medical care facility.
For those seeking to supply a medical care facility with portable wheelchairs, they must be sure that those that are chosen will be able to accommodate the greatest cross-section of patients possible. The seat ought to be wide enough for most average people. Most seats range in size from 16 inches to 22 inches. There are also bariatric wheelchairs that are available in sizes that of 22 inches to 30 inches, and pediatric wheelchair can be between ten and fourteen inches wide. Extra padding in the seat is also a desirable feature since the patients will be spending much time in their portable wheelchairs. For a medical care facility where the patients are likely to be wheeled around by someone else, fixed armrests might be preferable. The chair itself must be of sturdy construction that is easily driven and steered by a caregiver.
For home use, a portable wheelchair must meet slightly different needs. Whether it is long or short-term use, the chair must be convient for the patient to use. A portable wheelchair is first and foremost portable. Often these will fold up to be stored on a car seat or in a trunk. The folding mechanism has to have secure locks for when the chair is carrying the patient, but these must be simple to reach and unlock for when the chair will need to be folded. The construction of the frame should be lightweight yet strong. It will have to uphold the patient's weight for the duration of its use. A sturdy, durable chair will ensure that frequent repairs will be unneccessary. For use by a single patient who will propel himself, it would be better to have removable armrests. This allows for the greatest of ease getting in and out of the chair.
For a physican seeking to prescribe a portable wheelchair, he must be sure that the patient has the proper upper body strength to use one. If the patient is too weak for self movement, the practitioner would be better to consider a powered wheelchair for mobility. While portable wheelchairs are smaller and can be just as manuverable as scooters, that depends upon the patient's own abilities in steering the chair. These are factors that the doctor must think about before recommending what type of wheelchair a patient should get.
A portable wheelchair should only enable the patient and never hinder him in his mobility.
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