At CareCo we like to bring our customers a wide range of products to ensure we cater for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a portable mobility scooter, lightweight wheelchair or stylish riser recliner, we guarantee you’ll find something to suit you and your needs. Powerchairs are one such aid we’re proud to stock – but what defines a powerchair? How are they different to scooters and wheelchairs? What are the benefits of owning one? To give you a clearer idea today’s blog is styled as a Buyer’s Guide designed to answer any questions or queries you may have about powerchairs.
Available in several different styles, powerchairs are a combination of mobility scooters and wheelchairs. Easier to manoeuvre than a scooter, a powerchair is similar in design to a wheelchair as they can both be controlled by the user or an attendant. While some models have their own unique look, others are essentially motorized wheelchairs, eliminating the power needed by the user/carer.
There are several benefits found owning a powerchair over a mobility scooter or wheelchair. Powerchairs can be easier to drive, easier to manoeuvre and are harder wearing, as many have been designed to be used indoors and outside. They’re also a wiser choice for those with limited mobility as less effort is required of the user to be able to control the chair.
Although available in a range of styles, powerchairs generally have the same set of features all included to make your journey as comfortable and enjoyable as possible.
- Large centre wheel: Fitted beneath the seat in the centre of the frame, this large, chunky wheel and tyre power the chair forwards and backwards, providing a stable, safe ride every time.
- Suspension: Whether it be front, rear or all-round, a powerchair‘s suspension is similar to that found in any other vehicle – it absorbs the vibrations created by the friction of the wheels moving.
- Joystick controller: The simple-to-use joystick controller of a powerchair can be fitted in two places – on the armrest for the user or attached to the rear push handles for the attendant. While a user-controlled joystick gives back the feeling of independence and freedom, an attendant-controlled joystick is better suited to those who require the assistance of an attendant/carer on a regular basis.
- Padded chair: The padded chair normally comes in three different styles – wheelchair, mobility scooter or Captain’s seat. Designed to increase your level of comfort, the type you choose is up to you and your preference.
- Armrests and footrests: Again, fitted to increase your level of comfort, arm and footrests give you somewhere to relax your limbs, keeping them within the limits of the powerchair‘s frame to ensure your safety.
- Castor wheels: Fitted at the front, castor wheels are able to swivel to adapt to the direction of the powerchair, enabling a smoother ride.
- Portability: Certain models of powerchair are able to be taken apart or folded to make transportation easier. This is a handy feature for those looking to take their powerchair away with them on days out and holidays, whether home or abroad.
As with mobility scooters and wheelchairs, there is a huge range of accessories available for powerchairs, all designed to enhance your driving experience. From pressure relieving cushions and waterproof covers to storage solutions and rucksacks, we stock a wide variety of items all suitable for use with your powerchair.
Below are three of our favourite models, all available at CareCo’s unbelievably low prices!
- CareCo Easi Go (£689): Compact in its measurements, the Easi Go is surprisingly hard-wearing and sturdy, suitable for use indoors and outside. With its tight turning circle you’ll be able to manoeuvre around obstacles with ease, making shopping trips quick and simple! Maximum user weight: 17 stone (113kg).
- Travelux Corrado (from £899): Designed to be able to tackle rougher, uneven terrains, the Travelux Corrado is a great choice for those looking to get out and about regularly. With a maximum distance range of 25 miles (40km), the Corrado is able to get you from A to B and back again with power left over! Maximum user weight: 21 stone (136kg).
- Pride Jazzy Select (£1295): Manufactured by Pride, the Jazzy Select is a popular choice for those searching for a powerchair with a high-back padded Captain’s seat. Simple in design, the Jazzy Select is practical and comfortable, with a distance range of up to 15 miles (24km). Maximum user weight: 21 stone (136kg).
Note: all prices include VAT Relief.
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