Natasha's Recommended Wheelchairs
What are the benefits of a Wheelchair?
If you struggle to walk, whether because of balance impairments, muscle weakness, breathing difficulties or pain, you may find you are restricted to what you can achieve day to day. A wheelchair can open up a world of opportunities, with the confidence that you are safe and steady in a seated position. Whether you need it for all mobility or on the odd occasion, once you have a chair you can enjoy the freedom of being able to move around more independently again, doing things in your own time, at your own pace. Whether you propel yourself or have assistance for someone else, there are plenty of options to keep you and your helper safe and mobile.
With the ever-growing choice of wheelchair sizes, shapes and colours, there is a lot to consider when you purchase a chair. I love the range CareCo hold as you can not only find a chair that offers you comfort but you also have a range of colours and styles to meet your taste. However, buying the wrong chair can leave you uncomfortable and even unsafe so be sure to consult my top tips and view my favourite models before finalising your choice.
Cambered wheels - Offering reduced shoulder stress and a more efficient use of your energy when self propelling, this wheel position also makes turning easier.
Lightweight frames - If you regularly transport the chair, a lighter frame can make lifting safer and will make propelling it much easier for you and/or your assistant.
Tyre options - Solid are best if you need to move over rough terrain like gravel and can last longer than pneumatics, but air tyres can offer more shock absorption and can be better if you are a heavier user.
Removable wheels - Being able to remove wheels with just one push makes transporting the wheelchair far easier.
Do you need to use the wheelchair as a seat during transportation?
Will you need to store the wheelchair, and can it get around your home?
Will the wheelchair comfortably support your weight?
Make sure there is enough space to sit comfortably with enough support.
Will you be lifting the wheelchair into a car or storage space?
Makes storage and transportation much easier.
You should think about your lifestyle and level of mobility before deciding on a wheelchair. If possible, visit a CareCo showroom to try before you buy. Below are my favourite wheelchairs from the CareCo range, including both self- and attendant-propelled models.