A wheelchair - also called wheelchair, or wheelchair - is a technical aid to mobility
personnel designed to facilitate locomotion or transportation of a person in a seated position.
Wheelchairs help you regain mobility by compensating for the inability or difficulty to
reducing or preventing user fatigue. Although
in the collective imagination symbolizes the handicap, the wheelchair has been and remains the main
A tool for the empowerment of people with developmental disabilities.
Today, many sports are accessible to people in wheelchairs because the market offers models
specially designed for the practice of specific sports disciplines.
To choose the most suitable wheelchair for the needs of the user, it is necessary to consider several factors.
The type of chair
Active, or self-propelled, wheelchairs are those that provide greater autonomy to the user. Once the person with reduced mobility has mastered the vehicle, he or she can move quickly on his or her own and cross even narrow spaces.
These wheelchairs are often equipped with quick-release wheels and a folding backrest and can be easily stored in the trunk of a car.
On the contrary, the so-called "passive" chairs are driven by a third person and are intended to transport the disabled who do not have the strength or physical ability to use a self-propelled wheelchair. These vehicles can also be easily folded or disassembled.
Electric wheelchairs offer greater comfortt and impose a less effort to the user. Thanks to the technological advances made in the field, these chairs today have a very solid structure while remaining lightweight and easy to disassemble. The electric wheelchairs can also be equipped with a second battery so as to guarantee a greater autonomy (up to more than 20 km) and their control unit can be positioned, according to the user's needs, on the right or on the left. The easily accessible on/off switch and a selector switch allow you to adjust or select the speed.
Manual wheelchairs can be used by people who still have some mobility in their upper limbs. In some cases, in order to be sure to purchase a wheelchair that is suitable for the needs of the person who will be using it, it will beNeed to take the measures of the person and carry out an in-depth study of your needs.
The time of daily use of the chair
People with reduced mobility who spend most of their time in a wheelchair should choose a vehicle that is extremely comfortable, e.g. with armrests, headrests, footrests, and a thick, soft seat cushion. If, on the other hand, the patient needs a wheelchair to make short trips, such as home to car, these accessories will not be necessary.
Indoor or outdoor wheelchair and maneuverability
Most wheelchairs can be used both outside and inside.
Some, however, are designed for specific uses. This is the case, for example, of bathroom wheelchairs, also called comfortable chairs, which are used for showers or toilets.
The level of manoeuvrability required will also depend on whether the wheelchair is used outdoors or indoors: the smaller the front wheels, the more suitable the wheelchair will be for enclosed spaces, where it will be more manoeuvrable; conversely, the larger the front wheels, the better the wheelchair will negotiate obstacles such as doors and sidewalks and the easier it will move over gravel.
The patient's weight and height
The patient's physical characteristics will determine the width of the wheelchair seat.
There are numerous accessories that can be added to wheelchairs. In addition to armrests, headrests or footrests, there are other options: leg rests, chalk risers etc.