Motorized wheelchairs were probably the greatest invention of the 20th century as far as people who are wheel chair bound are concerned. The technology opened up new possibilities for them when they no longer had to rely on someone else to wheel them around. Even those with the abilities to power a non-motorized chair on their own often found themselves in situations that were unmanageable if they tried to overcome them unassisted. With the advent of electric wheelchairs, many handicapped people gained the freedom to go where they wanted to go independently, and it’s hard to measure how much independence has improved their lives.
For people who don’t have to use wheelchairs, it’s hard to imagine what it would be like to be dependent on a chair for mobility. Break a leg and end up sitting in a chair for a period of months, and you’ll quickly get a feel for how much increased independence means, especially to those who are physically-unable to move without the aid of a chair. Historically, wheel chairs were utilitarian and downright uncomfortable to have to sit in all day every day. Modern motorized wheelchairs, however, have been designed with the comfort of the user in mind. With lots of padding in the seats and ergonomically-correct posturing and positioning, those confined to wheelchairs don’t need to be uncomfortable any longer.
Every feature on these wheelchairs is built so that it can be adjusted. You can purchase chairs in which your back can be inclined as much as 45 degrees, the height, width, and angle of the arms can be changed to fit, the headrest can be moved up or down, and the footplate can be raised and angled. Wheelchair manufacturers are well aware of the special needs that many chair users have, and they make every effort to provide options in order to make their chairs adaptable to even those with the most severe handicaps. The majority of models come with on-board chargers in case the batteries become depleted en-route.
There are a couple of drawbacks to motorized wheel chairs which you should be aware of. Since the only way many people who are wheelchair bound get exercise is by pushing their wheelchair around, an electric chair may cause them to lose the incentive of trying to stay fit. Motorized chairs are also extremely heavy and more difficult to transport. In addition, they aren’t quite as maneuverable as lightweight manual chairs are. However, for those who need them, motorized wheelchairs can be a Godsend and make a great deal of difference in their lives.