Manual wheelchair is defined where a user can self-propel using hand-rims. A manual wheelchair is easy to maintain, is lightweight, and is the least expensive to buy. It comes in 6 different categories: Standard, Lightweight, Transport, Ultra-Lightweight, Reclining and Tilt Wheelchairs.
Electric wheelchairs are propelled by a motor and battery. Joysticks or push buttons are used to operate. Some electric wheelchairs use advanced technology and can climb up stairs, move across gravel and even rise up to give access to high shelves. Electric wheelchairs need strong frames to support the motor and battery so they are very heavy and require maintenance.
A mobility scooter is a mobility aid similar to a wheelchair but configured like a motor-scooter. It is often referred to as a power-operated vehicle/scooter or electric scooter. It has a seat over two rear wheels, a flat area for the feet, and handlebars in front to turn one or two steerable wheels and is operated by batteries. Batteries are rechargeable and depending on the model of scooter and can travel up to 30 miles.
Whether you are using a sports, electric power wheelchair, or manual chair you will be amazed at the huge variety of add-ons available to enhance the look and usefulness of your mobility aid. Many wheelchair accessories give your wheelchair a touch of personality.
Various optional accessories for your chair include anti-tip bars or wheels, safety belts, adjustable backrests, tilt and/or recline features, extra support for limbs or neck, mounts or carrying devices for crutches, walkers or oxygen tanks, drink holders, clothing protectors, and many others are available in a wide variety.
Headrest/Neck Support keeps head and neck stable and prevent neck strain or stress they have when using their chair.These supports are designed for patients who have little control over head movement.