Retirement; like your parents, but way cooler
In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age
of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this
financially independent lifestyle, they invite you
to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.
5 Tips for
Choosing the Right Wheelchair for
Your Elderly Loved One
Why is it important to choose a suitable wheelchair for your elderly loved
A wheelchair is the only mechanical support system that an older adult can
acquire. All his activities being performed comfortably depend entirely on the
type of wheelchair he is getting. They do not have a say in it, for they do not
know their condition and what would be suitable for them. They entirely depend
on their family to make such decisions. Different older adults have various
types of problems. Selecting the most appropriate wheelchair according to the
issue being faced is also an essential aspect of getting a wheelchair for your
elderly loved one. The safety and comfort of the life of your elderly loved one
ultimately depends on the type of wheelchair you choose for them. There are
hundreds of different varieties of wheelchairs available in the market. The
person acquiring and deciding which wheelchair to take for the older person must
always make sure that they take all their time and go through a detailed survey
and a detailed review section before they take it. They must know which one
would suit him better and why.
Five tips for choosing a suitable wheelchair for your elderly loved one.
1. The most preferred wheelchair for an older adult is a wheelchair powered
with a battery and is electric. They are automated wheelchairs that operate
using a remote control or buttons that are placed on the wheelchair. It is
always a more accessible option than other manual wheelchairs because they do
not have to rely on anyone to move around freely. They can just perform all the
operations by themselves if appropriately taught. However, not everyone can
afford power wheelchairs, for they are generally a lot more expensive than
manual wheelchairs, so the older adult does not want to burden his family, which
is a financial cost as high as that. However, some various websites and stores
put up battery powered
electric wheelchairs for sale so that a significant part of the mass can
afford them and give support to their elderly loved ones. Power chairs are also
a good option for they require much less consumption of energy and operate
faster when compared to regular manual wheelchairs. These are the best ones to
go for if your elderly loved one will be moving around in a wheelchair for a
more extended period or forever.
2. A rear wheelchair is a suitable option for older adults who work in an
office or have any other type of job. It is ideal for such a person because it
helps in an older adultís easy and fast movement without putting in too much
effort. Older adults who are working and require a wheelchair to cover the
distances from, say, one cubicle to another need a wheelchair that is sturdy and
can cover as much distance as possible in as little time as can be covered.
However, these are not just for working adults. They come in handy also for an
older adult who has recently retired and wants to spend quality time with his
family without depending on them for his movements.
3. A mid wheelchair powered by batteries is a perfect option if your elderly
loved one has to cover only a limited amount of distance, for example, say one
room to the other. These are primarily for adults residing in flats or
comparatively smaller houses. The moving radius of a mid wheelchair is
relatively smaller than the other wheelchairs but is equally as efficient as
them. These are designed to cover a shorter distance, and the only problem is
covering long distances becomes difficult while on this chair.
4. Certain senior citizens love to travel but are bound to their houses because
of their old age or any problems that prevent their free and easy movement. For
such adults, portable wheelchairs are a perfect choice. They allow the senior
citizens to lead their life and do what they love irrespective of their ages.
5. Another point that should be considered is that when one is purchasing a
wheelchair for their elderly loved ones, they should make sure that they know
all the details of every wheelchair so that they do not end up taking the wrong
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independence, values their time, and who doesnít
want to mindlessly follow the crowd.
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