Electric wheelchairs are ideal for those with lower body disabilities and weak upper body strength. They are often very convenient as you can recharge the power supply by simply plugging into an outlet. Electric wheelchairs are nice to have when you need that extra help for mobility since they allow you to take control of your life.
Electric wheelchairs are of course motorized by batteries. These wheelchairs are bigger, heavier and sturdier because they must be able to hold the extra mass of the motor and the battery. Electric wheelchairs are meant to be easy to use and deliver mobility to those who have lost it, but sometimes the consoles and controls are too complex for the users to handle. Still, electric wheelchairs are becoming increasingly common with their ability to empower the injured and elderly with previously unheard of mobility. Electric wheelchairs also come in a variety of models and fit a wide range of budgets.
Power wheelchairs are more convenient to use, though they are heavy so transporting them can be difficult at times. Power wheelchairs have a few drive options to choose from, depending on the placement of the larger of the wheel sets. Rear-wheel drive is the fastest, but also the most unstable on uneven ground. As a trade-off, front wheel drive is slower, but with better control, some designs now focusing on a tight turning radius.
User demand is driving new designs for mobility devices that do not look like wheelchairs. Indeed, newer designs for wheelchairs are more similar to scooters than to the traditional design of the wheelchair (including unique accessories like a cup holder). Users can find custom-made high quality ultra-light high-performance wheelchairs as well as accessories that enable them to individualize their look and style. The move from functionality to individuality is becoming more and more commonplace.
Disabled people would have to be carried on the shoulder of a pretty strong person to their own bedroom since even power chairs have difficulty with stairs. Thankfully today technology has brought us stair lifts that make it possible to get up and down without assistance from another person. Disabled lifts are basically slide and folding platform kind and are available in automatic and semiautomatic features. The automatic disabled lift is becoming standard in newer buildings, public transportation, and even private mobility vehicles.
Chair lifts can be a very important installation in a building. There may be disabled or aged persons residing in the building who may have difficulty getting up from a chair and moving around. Chairs can now be modified for a number of new and precise applications. In the near future, there will be custom chairs on the market which have the ability to ascend stairs.