Mobility Comes in all Sizes, Shapes and Forms

Getting around is a difficult task when you have a disability or injury that hinders your mobility. It may be easier to move around the house but out there things are totally different. With mobility aids one can get the support they need and be able to carry out their duties and activity of daily living with minimal assistance from others.

There are a number of mobility aids to choose from and it helps to know what works best for Dallas Fort Worth area residents. The way to pick the best mobility assistance equipment is to be informed about what is available. Talking to those who already have them will go a long way in helping you choose what is right for you. Other peoples’ experiences will help you understand how every piece of equipment works. Knowing what you want from the mobility equipment you are about to get is also another way to help you figure out what to pick. A lot of users have realized over time that they need more than a single device and have added the appropriate devices according to urgency.
Options to choose from
Mobility assistance equipment has a lot of different choices which include wheelchairs, assistive devices for ambulation, power assist devices, power wheelchairs and scooters. Here are 4 brief overviews of different types of mobility product categories to consider:

1. Manual wheelchairs
These are designed to either be pushed by the user or a companion. Their typical use involves little mobility that does not involve long distances. Transport chairs are particularly convenient since you can fold them and put them in the back of the car to take with you wherever you go.
2. Power assist systems
These are a version of the manual wheelchair with a little bit more function. They are battery powered to increase the number of revolutions per push. The reason for there being such a chair is to reduce the effort of pushing while increasing the distance that the chair moves with a single push.
3. Scooters
Mobility scooters are the ideal kind of mobility equipment for simple tasks like going to the mall for some shopping. They have better aesthetics and do not look the slightest bit like wheelchairs. Their range of mobility is also better and the exertion required for them is minimal.
4. Ambulation aids
These assist a lot when you are moving around the house or such small distances. This kind of mobility devices include crutches, walkers and canes/walking sticks.
There are two types of crutch designs, under the arm or cuffed to the forearm. Walkers have a lot of designs and it depends on what you find workable for you. There are the rollator walkers with four wheels, pick up walkers that have no wheels at all and sliders which have small skis or tennis balls on the rear legs.
As for canes, it is important that you get the right size even if it means having it custom made. For a comfortable height, your wrist should bend at about 30 degrees when you hold the cane.

We encourage you to visit the products section of our website to see an overview of the extensive mobility product categories that we provide. We specialize in mobility and our professional staff can work with you to determine what mobility product may be the absolute ideal product for your needs and goals in life. Mobility Healthcare has been providing these products above and great alternatives for residents in Dallas Fort Worth for many years.

Drive wheel configurations for power wheelchairs in Dallas Fort Worth

There are various kinds of power wheelchair configurations when it comes to wheel placementYou need to consider all before deciding what suits your requirements the best.  Here are some highlights of the advantages and disadvantages of rear, mid and front drive wheelchair base configurations.

Rear Wheel Power Wheelchairs

Rear drive wheels are located just behind the center of gravity of the user. The casters are located in the front. It is easy to drive and is stable too. It can be difficult for some to maneuver, especially in small spaces. This is because it has a large turning radius. This means that you should not opt for it in case you are living in a small apartment or a condo. But it is perfect for a big house or in case you would like to spend a long time outdoors.

Front Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

With this type of power wheelchairthe drive wheels are located just in front of the center of gravity of the user. Here, the rear wheels are the casters with a stable design. It has a small turning radius which means that it is a good option in case you are living in a small apartment or a condo.  However, it may fishtail and can be difficult to drive it in a straight line when traveling fast and the surface are uneven. This means that it may not be the best option if you wish to travel long distances outdoors.

Mid Wheel Drive Power Wheelchairs

With this type of power wheelchair, the drive wheels are located just below the center of gravity of the user. The turning radius is small which means that indoor mobility is easy. Mid wheel drive wheelchairs are ideal for maneuvering any small environment such as apartments, small homes, offices, etc.  Often this chair may be a little more difficult to maneuver depending on what type of outdoor environment you are in most.

A mobility base for a power wheelchair is extremely important when deciding mobility.  Deciding on the configuration can be a very important part of selecting a wheelchair and using the joystick or alternative controls to operate the chair.   Just as important, if not more important, is making sure that the wheelchair user is properly fitted and positioned in the wheelchair.  This will impact the wheelchair user’s ability to use the controls to operate the chair.  Making sure the joystick or other driving options is in an adequate position to compensate for the user’s ability is as important as any set up in the chair.

There is complexity when it comes to selecting a power wheelchair and it is very important that you work with a trained professional and your healthcare team to be evaluated for the correct wheelchair base and seating components for safe and maximum driving capabilities. Our complex rehab team is experienced and certified in power mobility evaluations.   Mobility Healthcare can work with you to select the most appropriate power wheelchair for your unique needs.  We have many different types of wheelchairs available to trial to help determine the best solutions for you or your loved one.  We have worked with consumers all over central Dallas Fort Worth including Lewisville, Denton, Grapevine, Arlington and other surrounding areas over the years and have helped thousands of customers become more independent in their lives.  Contact us today for a comprehensive wheelchair evaluation.