3 Modifications That Can Improve The Comfort Levels On Your Wheelchair
Sitting in an electric wheelchair all day can be somewhat uncomfortable. Luckily for wheelchair users, advances in the design and amenities offered makes the experience far more comfortable. If you are shopping for a new wheelchair, here are some adjustments and amenities that you can look for to ensure it is as comfortable as possible.
Cushioned Arm Rests
Plastic armrests can be painfully hard on your forearms and elbows. This is particularly true if you spend your day working at a desk. If you rely on your armrests to help with transfers or to reposition yourself, the hard plastic can make the experience difficult.
Cushioned arm rests can prevent discomfort. The cushion is available at various degrees so that you can find one that fits into your lifestyle. For instance, if you sit at a desk all day, a thinner cushion might be necessary so you do not have trouble wheeling closer to the desk.
Lateral Side Supports
Sometimes, you might lean too far to the right or left. If you have done this in the past, you know that it is not only uncomfortable, but there is a risk of losing your balance and tilting over. When you are doing tasks, such as cleaning, the risk of tilting can increase.
Lateral side supports can help prevent this. The supports fit on the sides of your wheelchair and keep you from leaning over too far on either side. The supports are easy to add to the chair and are removable.
The seating for the wheelchair is not necessarily one-size-fits-all. Since bodies differ, there are differing pressure points that can cause discomfort if you must sit in the chair all day. The standard seat in the chair can also be hard to sit on because it might not have the right amount of cushioning.
To make the experience more comfortable for you, consider ordering a custom seat for your wheelchair. The custom seat is based on an assessment of your body. The seat's cushioning will be specially designed to account for pressure points and to provide the support you need where you need it.
While shopping for your new electric wheelchair, ask the representative for other modifications you can make to your chair to make it more comfortable. Providing the representative with information, such as your lifestyle, can help him or her with suggestions for the features you can add.