3 ways an Electric Wheelchair can reduce falling risk

Scott Zabriskie

Over the years, there is no denying that there has been a lot of great aids that have been designed to help people when it comes to mobility. There is no denying that mobility issues can be very difficult to come to terms with. Sufferers can feel like they are the only person in the world with the problem and that they are never going to have a normal life again.

However, from power chairs to mobility scooters, many different mobility aids have been designed to ensure that your quality of life does not suffer. One of the classic mobility aids is the electric wheelchair. In this blog post, we are going to take a look at the benefits of electric wheelchairs in relation to reducing the fall risk. So, continue reading to discover everything you need to know…

  1. You’re more secure in a wheelchair – A wheelchair is much steadier and it can handle different terrains, and this reason alone will lower the fall risk considerably. However, there are still risks associated with wheelchairs, although they are fewer. Still, it is important to be aware of some of the different things that you should do in order to reduce the chances of experiencing a fall while in your wheelchair. This involves avoiding sliding or positioning yourself too far forward in your seat. You also need to make sure that you do not overreach for an object. Plus, make sure you lock the breaks before you get out of the wheelchair, move the footrests out of the way so that you do not trip on them while transferring, and do not lean forward, as you could tip your wheelchair over. 
  2. Access to higher levels – Wheelchairs today come with a whole host of useful features. Seat elevation is one of these. This useful feature means you can reach higher levels. There is a much greater chance of you being able to grab something you need with ease if your wheelchair can elevate. Trying to reach something without this sort of aid could easily result in a fall and injury.
  3. More stable than a manual wheelchair – he fact that the wheelchair is electronic also makes a massive difference. With a manual wheelchair, you need to make sure you can move around. If you get stuck on a difficult part of the road, you may find yourself moving about more to try and get the wheelchair to move, and this could easily result in a fall injury. This is something you do not need to worry about if you go down the electric route.  As you can see, there are many different benefits that are associated with using an electric wheelchair. There has been research that has shown that the risk of falling and injuring yourself is going to be a lot lower if you use an electric wheelchair. Nevertheless, you still need to make an effort to ensure you use the wheelchair properly, so do not ignore the tips that have been provided.

     

About Retire Early Lifestyle

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired two decades ago at the age of 38 and began traveling the world. As recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance and world travel, they have been interviewed about retirement issues by The Wall Street Journal, Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine, The Motley Fool Rule Your Retirement newsletter, nationally syndicated radio talk shows and countless newspapers and TV shows nationally and worldwide. They wrote the popular books The Adventurer's Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible.
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