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Wheelchairs are mobility aids that can help people who are not strong enough to support their own body weight or who are unable to walk due to paralysis, a medical condition or an injury move about more independently. In order to get the most benefits from using a wheelchair, it is very important to select the right model for yourself or your loved one. Walgreens has many styles of wheelchairs available to help you choose the perfect one.
The very first consideration that needs to be made when selecting a wheelchair is whether a transport chair or a traditional wheelchair is best. If the person who will be using the wheelchair would like to be able to propel him or herself in the seat and has the ability to safely do so, a wheelchair with large back wheels that are easily accessible to users is the ideal choice. Most traditional wheelchairs also have handles on the seats, so that they can be pushed by a caregiver as needed. For people who cannot safely propel themselves in a wheelchair or who will only be using a wheelchair briefly and are not planning to learn to use a wheelchair independently, transport chairs may be the better option. This type of chair has small back wheels that cannot be reached by the user and is specially designed to be easily steered by a caregiver.
After deciding whether you need to purchase a transport chair or a wheelchair, you should think about the size of the chair that you need. You want the seat of the chair to be wide and deep enough for the user to feel comfortable and to be able to get into it and out of it with ease. The wheelchair must also be strong enough to support the weight of the user. For individuals who have special needs due to obesity or a large body size, bariatric wheelchairs and transport chairs can provide extra strength and more spacious seats. Whether you're shopping for a traditional or a bariatric chair, be careful not to buy one that is too big. The more compact the wheelchair or transport chair, the easier it will be to steer through crowded places and to fit through doors.
Wheelchairs and transport chairs can have many different features, so you'll need to decide which ones are most important for you or the person for whom you are caring. Wheelchairs can have straight frames, tilting frames for individuals who need to recline and folding frames for easy traveling. Chair models differ in their types of wheels as well. Some models have wheels that can travel over all types of terrains, while others are meant solely for indoor use and use on paved surfaces like sidewalks and driveways. You should also examine the style and shape of the footrests, the armrests and the seat. Talk to a medical professional and find out what features would be the best for your needs before selecting a wheelchair.
This summary is intended for general informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should read product labels. In addition, if you are taking medications, herbs, or other supplements you should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before taking any over-the-counter medication as they may interact with other medications, herbs, and nutritional products. If you have a medical condition, including if you are pregnant or nursing, you should speak to your physician before taking these products. Consult a healthcare provider immediately if you experience side effects.