Next Wednesday is my wheelchair evaluation between the dme company and occupational therapist. Not only will they take measurements, we’ll be discussing my needs and wants. Although I know everyone is different, what are some important things to consider?
Don’t let them talk you into things you don’t think you’ll need or out of things you really want. Comfort is a major factor for me. However, I always put a USB charger and Bluetooth capabilities on all my wheelchairs now. This allows me to control things like my phone and computer via my joystick.
Rear wheel vs mid wheel vs front wheel drive is a very important consideration. Don’t let anybody pressure you into what you do not want. You are the person who has to live with the chair for the next 5 years. Tilt, recline, articulating elevating leg rests are all features that should be easily medically justifiable if you want those features. If you can afford it, an elevating seat is an awesome feature but unfortunately most insurance will not pay for it. Make sure the physical footprint and turning radius of the chair is small enough to use in your home. A lighting package for night time driving might be nice.
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