There are so many pediatric wheelchairs available that selecting the right one takes a little bit of research. But with some work you can find the chair that will leave you and your child happy. Having the right chair makes it easier for your child to navigate every day activities while making it easier for you to take care of your child. There are several important things to consider when you are looking at pediatric wheelchairs.
Manual or Motorized
While it is important to consult with your child’s doctor on which type of chair would be best, you must consider lifestyle also. Motorized wheelchairs are a good choice for your child if they are going to need to navigate the chair at school or in public settings. These chairs may be more difficult if you have to transport your child, however. They are often heavier and bulkier for transporting.
While motorized chairs may be more difficult to transport, the weight will make them easier if you are having to transfer your child to another seat frequently. Discuss the benefits of both types of chairs with your doctor.
Manual wheelchairs are good for transporting as they are easy to collapse and take on the road. It is often easier to find detachable hardware for these chairs. If your life is busy and your child is independent, you may want to consider having a choice of both types of wheelchairs.
Selecting the right size chair for your child is important. Take in mind your child’s height and weight, and decide if you want a chair that will grow with your child, or one that you can upgrade at later date. Many chairs offer the option of expanding with your child by adjusting a crossbar.
Keep in mind how many hours your child will be spending in his wheelchair. The seat needs to support your child while still being comfortable. The comfort will be determined by cushion, fit and height of the footrest. Have your child tell you when you have the settings right for the most comfortable fit.
Every child is concerned with appearance. Let your child help make the decision on the color or design of the pediatric wheelchair. Manufacturers have designed chairs with kids in mind - bright colors such as pink or green are available for your child to choose from. If you decide to add customized cushion covers, they are available as well. Let your child add designs to the chair, such as stickers or other creative decorations that will make using the chair less of an issue.
You and your child can work together to sift through the many pediatric wheelchairs and find the right one. Working as a team will help you overcome the challenges associated with the disability and work towards living an independent life.
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