Despite popular misconception, both manual wheelchairs and power wheelchairs do not come in a one-size-fits-all option. Instead, a wheel chair fitting is necessary to determine the best and most comfortable device for each individual so that they can go through with their daily lives unhindered by bad joints or other physical disabilities. If you need to determine which wheelchair is right for you, here are a few tips from Lincoln Mobility, the leading specialists in medical equipment and supplies in Lincoln, NE:
- First determine the seat height in relation to the person’s actual height : Depending on the individual’s height, they are going to want their seat lower if they are shorter or higher if they are tall. The average for people 4’11’’ and under is 14 to 16 inches off the ground, while those that are 5’4’’ and above fall in the 19’’ to 21’’ inch range. Everybody else in between will usually need 17’’ or 18’’ inches.
- Once you have determined the height, think about the width of the chair : A cramped and ill-fitting seat can cause discomfort to a patient and maybe even injury. To avoid this, measure the width of the person’s hips and then add a few inches to allow space for clothing and comfort. Depending on personal preference, some will want a snugger seat will others will need more room.
- Lastly, determine seat depth : How deep you want the seat to go varies from person to person, but the important thing to remember is that the edge of the seat should not pinch the back of a user’s knees and cause them pain. If the person is able to have proper posture and not have their weight fall on their thighs, then the chair is a perfect fit.
If you have limited moving capability and are looking into wheelchairs, scooters, and walkers, call Lincoln Mobility at (402) 421-8800, or visit the website for a closer look at the shop's products.