August 24, 2015 | 9:11 am | By Pants Up Easy
It can be difficult to know whether or not to make the switch to a power wheelchair. Not only can these chairs feel a bit more bulky if you’re used to something more streamlined, but they are also quite an investment financially. However, if you feel that you are having some difficulty getting around in your current chair, it may be time to invest in a power wheelchair.
If you have begun to feel exhausted from manually wheeling yourself around all day, or have developed pain in your hands or other body parts from the effort, a power wheelchair may be in your best interest. This will take some of the pressure off, both physically and mentally. The more exhausted and uncomfortable that you feel, the more likely it is to affect your daily life. Making the switch to a power wheelchair may give you back your energy and give you a new lease on life.
When you are used to physically wheeling yourself around, adjusting to a power wheelchair can take some time. Not only that, but your current chair is probably much smaller and more easily maneuvered in a number of different spaces and circumstances. Power wheelchairs are noticeably larger than most other manual wheelchairs, so this will also take some getting used to. If you are used to hopping curbs and fitting in tight spaces, be aware that these things will no longer be an option once you’ve made the switch to a power wheelchair.
Since you will be investing a good amount into your power wheelchair, it’s important to get exactly what you need. Luckily, these wheelchairs are customizable in many different ways. From customized seat and back cushions to power tilt and recline, a power wheelchair offers many perks that you may not be accustomed to in your current chair.
If you have been manually wheeling yourself for quite some time, you have likely adapted to certain limitations as far as the distance and duration of your usual excursions. With a power wheelchair, these limitations are taken away. Since you will be conserving your energy, you will likely be able to go farther and for longer amounts of time than what you normally do. This can be an excellent way to become more involved with your friends and family, as well as making it more likely that you will get out and about in your community.
What should truly determine whether or not you should invest in a power wheelchair is your personal preference. If you feel physically fit and prefer to feel more in control of things, a manual wheelchair may be your best option. However, if your condition has worsened or you have noticed constant feelings of fatigue after a day of manually wheeling yourself, you may be ready to make the switch to a power wheelchair. While it may be a bit of a financial investment, if it will improve your quality of life day in and day out, it is well worth the expense.