How to Choose an Electric Wheelchair

Electric Wheelchairs from Pro Rider Mobility

For many people, electric wheelchairs are necessary to enjoy a decent standard of living. Here at <a title="Pro Rider Mobility" href="http://www viagra” target=”_blank”>Pro Rider Mobility, we sell a wide variety of electric powered wheelchairs to those who want to maintain their independence, but who may not have the strength or mobility to handle a self-propelled chair. But with so many different electric wheelchairs to choose from, how can you find one that completely suits your needs?

While these chairs are generally more expensive than self-propelled options, they give plenty of flexibility in terms of both indoor and outdoor use. Here are some of the factors you need to take into consideration when deciding on which electric wheelchair is right for you.

1. Work out which type you need. There are generally three different types: front wheel drive, mid wheel drive and rear wheel drive. Check with your doctor to find out which is most suitable for your specific needs.

2. Think about how the chair will be used. If it’s just an indoor chair, it can be more basic, while chairs being used for greater distances outdoors should have larger wheels. Also consider whether you need to travel, in which case the chair you choose needs to be easy to transport in a large car or van.

3. Choose a chair that is the right size. Measure the width, and make sure you’ll be able to navigate your home.

4. Check for comfort. If you’ll be using the chair for long periods, it needs to be as comfortable as possible.

5. Check the battery usage. Check how long it will last when on charge, and be sure that this is suitable for your needs.

Follow these five steps and it should be easy to find the right chair to suit you.

EU court ruling says that obesity can be a disability

In December 2014, the European Court of Justice ruled that obesity can be classed as a disability. The ruling came after a case involving a Danish childminder who was sacked by his local authority for being too overweight to tie children’s shoelaces and other basic duties that were part of his role. The EU ruling stated that if obesity prevents “full and effective participation” in the workplace, it can be classed as a disability.

In the UK, a quarter of all adults are defined as clinically obese, with many using a mobility scooter or electric wheelchair to improve mobility. For many of those who struggle with obesity, this new ruling is a positive step, as it could lead to positive changes in the workplace, such as medical advice, the opportunity to work from home, parking spaces close to the building or office furniture that is more comfortable for those with a larger frame. The precedent set here could mean that those who are sacked because of their size could successfully go through compensation proceedings in court.

However, there are many criticisms of the rulings, primarily amongst those who believe that as obesity is a condition that can be changed, it should not be seen in the same way as other disabilities over which sufferers have no control. There are also critics who say that if obesity is classed as a disability, it could actually discourage those who are seriously overweight from losing weight, as they will be treated more favourably because of their size.

This doesn’t mean blanket changes, though, as workplace issues relating to obesity will be dealt with on a case by case basis.

The Benefits of Riser / Recliner Chairs

Riser Recliner Chairs from Pro Rider Mobility

If you have difficulty in standing up, you may find it a lot easier to stay sat down in one particular chair. Or even stay in bed.

A riser / recliner chair is specially designed to make it easier for you to stand from a sitting posture, and to sit down from a standing position.

As the name suggests, a riser / recliner chair has two main functions to make life easier.

First of all the riser action raises the base of the chair and tilts it forwards so that there is no distance to lower yourself to the seat of the chair. This takes all the effort out of the back and leg muscles and lets the motors in the chair take the weight.

Once you are positioned comfortable the quiet motors in the chair will return the user to a relaxing sitting position.

The recliner function can then be used to get your body into the most comfortable position. The back will recline and the foot rest will gently lift your feet if required.

Everything is operated by an easy to use remote control, meaning you can use the chair independently.

Riser / recliner chairs are particularly useful if you have problems with your legs. The foot rest can be altered to a number of different heights meaning you can continually adjust for comfort, so not to get sore.

Pro Rider Mobility offer a large range of <a title="Riser Recline Chairs" href="http://www.proridermobility viagra kaufen” target=”_blank”>rise / recliner chairs to suit all budgets.

Click here to find out more about our riser / recliner chairs, or call our helpful staff on 01604 813428 for expert advice.