The clocks have changed and it’s officially spring, so barring the battering we took from Storm Katie over the long Easter weekend, we should be set for more pleasant weather for a few weeks – great news for those of you who have been stuck indoors due to the inclement weather over the last few months.
If you’re looking for a new mobility aid that can get you outside but still deal with most of what the British climate can throw at you, then a powered wheelchair could do the trick. From compact models designed for navigating tight spaces to solid, well-built models that deal with the roughest terrain, a powered wheelchair offers plenty for users battling all kinds of mobility issues.
With modern powerchairs there’s no need to suffer through long journeys on uncomfortable, hospital-style seats. All models will feature some kind of padded seat, like the Pride Go Chair Electric Wheelchair (£999.00 with VAT relief), but if you really want to step up the comfort stakes then a captain’s seat is the luxury choice. Take a look at the Travelux Venture Powered Wheelchair (£999.00 with VAT relief), for example. The Venture’s captain’s seat swivels 360 degrees and features a headrest for added support to the neck area as well as an elevating mechanism so you can get to those hard to reach places.
Suspension systems will also make covering long distances an effortlessly comfortable experience. You’ll find powerchairs with rear or all-round suspension, so you can make a decision based on the bumpiness of terrain you think you’ll be battling. Suspension systems are becoming more and more popular among powerchair users. As with cars, they work by dampening the vibrations transferred from the ground through the frame of the wheelchair. If you find yourself dealing with niggling aches and pains after long journeys, then a powered wheelchair with suspension would be a welcome improvement to your quality of life. The Travelux Corrado (£299.00 with VAT relief) is a great example of a powered wheelchair with added suspension system.
If you want to get out and about in the prospectively pleasant spring weather, then your powered wheelchair needs to be designed with convenience as a priority. Luckily many, if not most, modern models do cater for this. Smaller examples, like the popular CareCo Easi Go (£645.00 with VAT relief), can be dismantled into lightweight and easily managed sections – easy to slip into the boot of a car for day trips and holidays.
A removable battery can also be a very convenient feature, allowing you to keep the powered wheelchair in storage or in the boot of your car while you recharge. The Travelux Quest (£699.00 with VAT relief) splits into four convenient sections and features a comfortable folding chair for worry-free transportation.
Powered wheelchairs can claim to be the easier-to-use counterpart to mobility scooters. With their smaller, slender frames you can expect to find a powered wheelchair much easier to use indoors and in tighter spaces, such as the aisles of a supermarket.
But it’s the control panel that truly makes powerchairs the easiest to use mobility aid. Able to be fitted to either armrest depending on your own preferences, they present a single joystick to control direction, and usually just a couple of extra buttons to control speed and any additional features if applicable.
Powered wheelchairs usually implement solid puncture-proof tyres as well as castor wheels to provide a smooth and stable ride.