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POWER WHEELCHAIRS

Power wheelchairs or commonly know as “electric wheelchairs” are often an excellent option for both children and adults of all sizes who are physically unable to self-propel a manual wheelchair. Power wheelchairs can be very basic or can be designed with highly advanced specialized features. Power wheelchairs allow users of every strength to control the power wheelchair. It is normally controlled with a joystick, but it can also be customized with a multitude of alternative control options based on individual medical and physical limitations. The three most common types of power wheelchairs are front-wheel drive, mid-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive.

Our highly skilled certified rehab specialists (ATP/SMS/CRTS) will work with you, your care team, and vendors to help you find the specific type of power wheelchair best suited to your medical and everyday needs.

Front Wheel Drive

Front wheel drive power wheelchairs have powered wheels in the front and casters are in the back allowing the chair to go over uneven terrain or up and down hills more easily. Generally they have slower overall speeds because it tends to “fish-tail” at higher speeds. These power wheelchairs can accommodate a basic captain style seat to high end rehab seating and power positioning features such as; tilt/recline, power seat, power legs, and standing.

Mid-Wheel or Center-Wheel Drive

Mid-wheel drive power wheelchairs have powered wheels in the center of the wheelchair. This makes it easy to use and handle in confined spaces like kitchen and bathroom. Mid-Wheel drive wheelchairs have great maneuverability due to their ability to turn on their own axis. These power wheelchairs can accommodate either captain seat or high end rehab seating with power positioning features, such as; tilt/recline, power seat, power legs, and standing.

Rear Wheel Drive

Rear wheel drive chairs have powered wheels at the back and casters in front. Using this type of chair is similar to driving a vehicle. For people needing speed, these types of wheelchairs can be programmed for high speed while maintaining stability and control. The balance of the wheelchair is ideal for outdoor surroundings. The rotating radius is wider. These wheelchairs can range from lightweight, foldable and easy to transport to high-end rehab with power positioning feature, such as; tilt/recline, power seat, power legs, and standing.

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