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Out and about - Freedom to explore with a new wheelchair!

Browsing around the shops, day trips out with the family, lunch with friends and holidays at home or abroad, if your mobility has been limited due to a disability and you have been considering investing in a wheelchair, you may have forgotten how many activities you are missing out on.

Naturally, it is understandable that making the transition from a different walking aid, perhaps crutches or a walking frame, can be difficult. The psychological aspect of finding you will be relying on a wheelchair can be overwhelming for some people, which is not without due cause, but it is important to remember that it is not changing anything , in fact , it is opening up many more opportunities.

If you have been limited in your mobility, you may have been unable to enjoy the range of activities that you would like to be part of. Whether this is carrying out your daily chores, or visiting your children and grandchildren, a new way to find your way around will give you the chance to fill the missing gaps in your life.

If this is your first time searching for a wheelchair or you are looking to upgrade your current model, at Simple Life Mobility, we have the right chair for you. Comfort, ease of use, manoeuvrability and weight of the chair are all considerations that you may want to take into account when selecting a chair. There are two main classes of chair:

  • Manual Wheelchairs - Chairs which must be pushed by a third party, they include transfer chairs for occasional use, Transit Chairs have larger back wheels making them more suitable to outdoor use and uneven ground with an attendant handbrake for greater control and safety and self-propelled chairs, with large back wheels to allow the occupant to propel themselves.
  • Powered Wheelchairs – Chairs require a stronger and heavier frame, motor and battery with joystick controls.

Although your choice is largely based on your preference, there are a few things to think about to make sure you choose the right model for you. If you need advice, our friendly team here at Simple Life Mobility would be happy to help! You can also speak to friends or your GP and other medical specialists for their guidance. Think about where you want to go, your lifestyle, the size of your home and car, your build for the size of the seat and height of chair and how you get about. Think about the answers to the following questions:

  • Where do I think I will use my wheelchair most?
  • What do I do each day that I most want to be able to do more easily?
  • What activities do I want to do that I have not been able to?
  • How do I travel and how will I travel with my wheelchair?
  • How many hours in a 24 hour period will I be in the wheelchair?
  • How will I get from the wheelchair into chairs, beds or to other places?
  • Will I need someone to push my chair and will I have someone available?
  • How tall/heavy am I? What sort of seat will I need?
  • What features about my wheelchair will be important to my carer such as easy to fold and carry?
  • How will I get my wheelchair around my local areas? Are there flat surfaces or hilly areas?

Jot down the answers to these questions and use them as a basis for selecting the right chair for you and your carer, if you have one to help you. There are so many options to choose from it can be difficult to know where to start but with free fast delivery, no quibble 28 day money back guarantee and a wide range of wheelchairs you won’t find anywhere else, Simple Life Mobility are here to help you regain your freedom.

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