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Choosing the Right Electric Wheelchair: A Guide for People with Disabilities

Choosing the Right Electric Wheelchair: A Guide for People with Disabilities

Electric wheelchairs, also known as power wheelchairs, are designed to provide people with disabilities greater independence and mobility. They are powered by batteries and can be operated by the user using a joystick or other control device.

Factors to Consider When Choosing an Electric Wheelchair:

  1. Size and weight capacity: Make sure that the wheelchair is the right size for the user and can support their weight.

  2. Comfort: Look for a wheelchair that has comfortable seating and back support, as well as adjustable features such as seat height and angle, footrests, and armrests.

  3. Maneuverability: Consider the environment where the wheelchair will be used and choose a wheelchair that is easy to maneuver in tight spaces or over uneven terrain.

  4. Control device: Find a type of control device that is suitable for the user, which can be a joystick, wireless remote, Bluetooth app on your handphone, etc. Look out for the changeability of the side of a joystick remote if the user requires it to be on either left or right side. Arete First Electric Wheelchairs comes with the 3 types of control options and interchangeable sides for the joystick controller.

  5. Durability: Look for a wheelchair that is made with high-quality materials and has a sturdy frame that can withstand regular use.

  6. Portability: If the wheelchair will need to be transported frequently, consider a lightweight or foldable wheelchair for ease of transport.

  7. Power source: Power wheelchairs can come with different power source options, such as lead-acid battery or lithium-ion battery; which differs greatly in weight and cost. The capacity of the battery can also vary, affecting the distance the power wheelchair can travel on a single charge.

  8. Safety: Most electric wheelchairs come with safety features such as brakes, anti-tip wheels, anti-roll back motors and seat belts to ensure the user's safety.

  9. Additional features: Some wheelchairs come with additional features such as cup holders, trays, and even bags, that can make the user's experience more convenient.

For example our AreteHealth Cruiser Electric Wheelchair (Model 107):

Seat Width
18 " / 45 cm
Max Weight Limit
100 kg
Padded seat & back, movable armrest & footrest
1100 x 630 x 960 mm
Control Device
Joystick, wireless remote, Bluetooth app on your mobilephone
Frame Material
Weight of Product
26 kg
Power Source
Lithium-ION Battery
Battery Capacity
12 Ah
Distance on Full Charge
25 km
Safety Features
Anti-tip wheels, anti-roll back motors, seat belts
Additional Features
Add-on basket, cane holder

In conclusion, choosing the right electric wheelchair is a crucial step for people with disabilities to ensure they have the mobility assistance they need. With this guide, you can choose a wheelchair that will provide you with the freedom and independence you need to live your life to the fullest.

At Arete First, we offer a wide range of health and fitness products for individuals who require them. Our aim is to bring products of excellent quality to our customers, so feel free to contact us for any enquiries.