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Types of Electric Wheelchairs

Posted Aug 07 2009 10:06am
Electric wheelchairs can help you regain your independence and get you back to doing the things you love. However, shopping for one can be a stressful and time-consuming process. At Orbit Medical, we are confident that our Mobility Specialists can help you understand the different electric wheelchair options that are available to you. This will help you choose the electric wheelchair that will best fit your needs. Below is a small overview of the types of electric wheelchairs we carry:

Portable Electric Wheelchairs
Portable electric wheelchairs can be taken apart into several different pieces and typically have smaller bases than normal electric wheelchairs. These are great for people who travel frequently.

Folding Electric Wheelchairs
Folding electric wheelchairs allow you to fold the wheelchair in the middle making it small enough to fit in the trunk of a car. Folding electric wheelchairs are great for people who need full-time mobility assistance, but also like the luxury of being able to fold their wheelchair for travel and storage. Folding electric wheelchairs work well outdoors on paved and hard pack surfaces and can go up to 6 mph.

Mid-Wheel Electric Wheelchairs
Mid-Wheel electric wheelchairs offer users exceptional maneuverability because the drive wheels are in the center of the wheelchair. This makes them easy to use and handle in confined spaces like kitchens, hallways and bathrooms. The center wheel also makes it easier for climbing curbs.

Rear Wheel Electric Wheelchairs
Rear wheel electric wheelchairs have drive wheels at the back of the chair. This makes them easy to drive in a straight line and often allows them to go faster than mid-wheel chairs. However, they are not as maneuverable in tight spaces and steep inclines as mid-wheel chairs are.

Heavy Duty Electric Wheelchairs
These are electric wheelchairs that are designed with an increased weight capacity for bariatric users. They are available in weight capacities ranging from 300 lbs. to 650 lbs.

Orbit Medical can help get you one of the electric wheelchairs listed above for little or no cost through your insurance. We are an authorized Medicare provider and will process all of the confusing paperwork for you and help you every step of the way until your new chair is delivered to you. Our experienced mobility specialists will help you with all your questions and concerns. Contact us today!
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