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When to Choose a Lightweight Chair

a senior woman reading on a wheelchair
Posted: Sep 5, 2018 at 9:53 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

For someone who may suddenly be in need of a mobility aid, the range of options available can seem overwhelming. If someone experiences ill-health or injury or find themselves caring for an ageing parent or poorly relative, the world of lightweight wheelchairs could be unknown territory, and as with anything unfamiliar, there’s the potential for mix ups and mistakes. Luckily, help is out there. There are of course many resources available online, including a series of fact sheets from the Disabled Living Foundation, with advice and support for choosing a wide range of mobility aids.

When are lightweight wheelchairs the best option? Mobility aid dealers are also a great source of information and support, such as those at Karma Mobility. While of course they want to make a sale, many are happy to provide information, detailed specifications and allow customers to have a test run on the chair to help them make an informed choice.

What are lightweight wheelchairs?

A lightweight wheelchair is a self-propelled chair that is usually foldable. This means it can either be manoeuvred by the user, or by a carer as needed.

What are the benefits?

It can easily be tucked into a car boot, or a storage cupboard. This is particularly useful for those who need to drive every day, either to work or to take children to school. It’s also helpful if the chair is only needed on occasion, so can be put away out of sight when it’s not in use.

It also makes more complex and long-haul journeys possible, such as flights. A great benefit of a lightweight chair is how flexible and adaptable it is, and how it can fit into a range of situations.

It’s also a great chair for the sporty and active. For those who don’t want to miss out on exercise because of limited mobility, whether temporarily or on a long-term basis, because of their low weight, lightweight chairs can be used and adapted for playing sports, dog walks or rambles across country.

Help is out there for anyone who needs support for their mobility. As the range of options is dizzying, users are advised to do their research then chat to a few different dealers about the possibilities.