Here's a little guide to choosing a wheelchair.
Le wheelchairs are a real means of transport for people with temporary or permanent disabilities. Indispensable for moving around in the home, or outdoors. You can find different models of wheelchairs on the site M.I.A. MEDICAL ITALIA.IT , a site specialized in the rental and sale of long term care aids and home physical therapy.
So let's see together the various models available on the market.
SELF-PROPELLED FOLDING WHEELCHAIR. Ideal for those who want to move independently, with large rear wheels.
TRANSIT WHEELCHAIR. I deal for non-independent patients who need the assistance of a second person to get around. With small rear wheels.
PEDIATRIC WHEELCHAIRS. Ideal for children up to 1.40m in height. equipped with rear wheels, large and removable.
BARIATRIC WHEELCHAIRS. Suitable for personna with a weight over 130kg. With a reinforced, self-propelled or transit structure.
RECLINING WHEELCHAIRS. The inclined backrest allows a better support for the head, and a more comfortable sitting position.
LIGHTWEIGHT WHEELCHAIRS. Often easier to fold and more portable than generic wheelchairs.
THE WIDTH OF THE SEAT :
The first thing you need to look at while looking for a wheelchair is the width of the seat. This is very important because there are so many sizes ranging from 38cm to 60cm.
The most common are 40cm, 45cm, 50cm. To choose your size, examine the spaces where you will be using it. For example elevator doors , the bathroom doors, the width of the hallway, the capacity of your vehicle....
Below you will find a small table to help you choose.
Weight between 75kg/90kg, height from 1.60m to 1.80m, 45cm seat
height from 1.80 mt to 1.95 mt , 43cm seat
Weight between 85kg/100kg, height from 1.60m to 1.80m, 50cm seat
Weight between 50kg/70kg, height from 1.45m to 1.65m, 40cm seat
height from 1.60 mt to 1.80 mt , 40cm seat
Weight between 70kg/100kg, height from 1.45m to 1.65m, 50/55cm seat
height from 1.65 mt to 1.80 mt , 43/45cm seat
Finally, do not forget to choose the footrests. They can be simple , or with support and elevation for resting the legs. Leg rests have a calf pad to elevate the legs and prevent swelling, or rest the leg in a cast in case of a fracture. Both are removable and include leg rest length adjustment.