Picking the right wheelchair can be a bit difficult for most adults, but when it comes to children, there are additional factors to keep in mind that can make the task more challenging. Children’s bodies grow and change rapidly, meaning their chairs must have adjustments made or be replaced, altogether. Wheelchairs, as you can imagine, do not run cheap and insurance providers often place limitations on replacements. The good news is most manufacturers offer adjustable chairs to accommodate a growing child.
What are Their Needs?
When buying a wheelchair for a child, bear in mind the specific needs of that child. Beyond having to stay off of their feet, other factors are of great significance. There are a number of reasons a child might require a wheelchair; a significant suffered head injury, muscular dystrophy or cerebral palsy, amputees, and others that only have an occasional need for their wheelchairs for short periods of time in place of a walking device or crutches. So ask yourself, is he or she capable of any movement and enjoy being active, or do they need a lot of physical support? What other ailments might the child be facing? Taking the answers to the questions into consideration will greatly impact your choice on what type of chair is needed and what features should be included in the chair you buy.
What Are Your Needs?
Maneuvering your child around your home, transferring him or her from their wheelchair, and transporting them to and from classes, doctors’ offices and friends’ homes can really cause a lot of wear and tear on your body. You should probably look into a suitable lightweight wheelchair to resolve this before it becomes an issue for you. There are options on the market for chairs with detachable hardware for greater ease when transfers are being made to save you from the back strain. Also, consider which type of wheelchair would be the most comfortable and functional for school and other activities your child may participate in. And, of course, heed to the specifications your child’s doctor as put in place.
As mentioned before, some pediatric wheelchairs are designed to expand in size to accommodate weight changes by altering a cross balance on the bottom of the chair, as well as front frames for the legs that can be lengthened as your child grows taller. These wheelchairs can last for 10 years or more and could be a wise investment. Of course, the most important thing for any parent is to see their child happy. You want them to not only be able to get around with ease but also be happy with the wheelchair they are in. It will be a medical supply they will need for some time and you want them to really like it. Manufacturers of pediatric wheel chairs know this is important and some have incorporated style and color into their design. There is no need to settle for a depressing gray metal chair. Pediatric wheelchairs can be purchased in lively colors such as red, blue, or pink and decorated with stickers and painted flowers so they are more appealing to children.