Natasha's Recommended Powerchairs
What are the benefits of a Powerchair?
Moving a wheelchair can be very tiring. If you have joint pains, coordination problems or muscle weakness, a manual wheelchair may leave you needing additional help from another person to push you around. A power assisted chair can give you a newfound sense of freedom. You can use these chairs both indoors and outdoors and the motor will give you the confidence that you can travel for longer without the need to rely on someone else.
From lightweight, collapsible chairs to heavy duty, long distance chairs, the CareCo variety is huge, so there will always be something to meet your needs. I love the fact that CareCo not only offer a large choice of electric wheelchairs but that they have additional features such as powered seat risers, giving you the freedom to talk to people at eye level while still in the chair, or even reach items on the higher shelves when you are in town. Think about where and when you will use the chair and how you will get into it or even transport it. On this page you'll find my top tips and advice for finding the right powerchair, as well as my favourite models in the CareCo range.
Battery range - Make sure you are aware of the mileage the chair can offer and that it meets you expected journey needs.
Small turning circles (6 wheels) - You may need this if you're planning on using the chair indoors or in confined spaces.
Suspension systems - This will reduce the impact of uneven surfaces offering a smoother drive which is great if you have pain or are sensitive to abrupt movements.
Rear wheel drives - Good idea if you will be going up hills or ramps regularly.
Smaller batteries are lighter but won't travel as far.
Will you be travelling mostly indoors, outdoors, or both?
Are you within the safe user weight limits of the powerchair?
Is enough space to sit comfortably with enough support?
Will you be travelling in narrow areas or limited spaces?
How far will you need to go on a single charge?
Like a mobility scooter, the right powerchair for you will be a very personal decision. So, if you can get to a showroom to test drive a few models, I definitely encourage it! Below are my 5 favourite powerchairs from the CareCo range, including lightweight portable models and heavy-duty long-distance chairs.