As the most customizable power mobility device, these power wheelchairs are an ideal option for patients with mobility limitations due to neuromuscular diagnoses, such as ALS or Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, these devices support individuals suffering from increased muscle tone, spasticity, those who require self-catheterization or ventilator accommodations.
A tilt only power wheelchair is a great option for individuals experiencing mobility limitations who also struggle to shift their weight independently while seated. The tilt feature in these power wheelchairs allows for independent pressure relief, preventing pressure related injuries such as pressure ulcers.
Standard power wheelchairs are for individuals with mobility limitations that prevent the ability to self-propel manual wheelchairs. There are several factors considered when determining whether an individual can no longer operate a manual wheelchair such as upper/lower extremity strength and range of motion.
Scooters, whose name is often used to refer to power wheelchairs, are for individuals who are unable to self-propel a manual wheelchair, but who still possess significant upper body strength and the stability required to operate an upright steering system and maintain stability on the long narrow base of these devices.