Frequently Asked Questions on Self-Propelled Wheelchairs

Here at Assurance Mobility, we strive to provide our clients with a service that they will remember for all the right reasons, and it is our belief that presenting our readers with the information they require to make an impartial decision is the most effective way to do so. After all, wheelchairs come in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Read on as we answer some of the most frequently asked questions that we receive in regards to our self-propelled product range…

Why do self-propelled wheelchairs have large wheels?

As the name suggests, self-propelled wheelchairs allow users to get around without the need for assistance from a carer or family member. In fact, they have large rear wheels that the user can use to propel themselves forward or backwards with their hands and using just one wheel at a time allows them to turn in a particular direction. These wheels are noticeably larger than the front wheels because they must have enough velocity in order to allow the user to comfortably navigate their way from A to B. In addition to this, the user must also be able to reach the wheels with ease and making them significantly larger accounts for this requirement.

Who can utilise a self-propelled wheelchair?

There is no singular condition that leads to the need for a self-propelled wheelchair and this is why it is important to avoid making assumptions. With this said, the fact that self-propelled chairs provide users with the ability to get around independently means that they must have some capability in their upper body and strength in their arms to do. As a result, many users of self-propelled wheelchairs tend to suffer from paralysis of the lower extremities, known formally as paraplegia. Keeping this in mind, some self-propelled wheelchair users also opt for a chair due to nerve diseases, congenital conditions or even due to old-age.

How much does a self-propelled wheelchair cost?

As one of the most light-weight options on the market, self-propelled wheelchairs are an incredibly cost-effective investment. After all, they are built with quality in mind in order to guarantee longevity and reliability for each and every client. With this said, it is important to remember that the market has substantial choice when it comes to self-propelled designs and this means that the cost can differ depending on the variety of chair that users choose to invest in.

There is a common misconception that a disability is synonymous with an inability, however the team here at Assurance Mobility couldn’t disagree more! After all, there are thousands of wheelchair-bound individuals striving for success in-spite of their situation. Self-propelled wheelchairs come in a variety of different sizes and our models are built with the utmost attention to detail. To find out more information, get in contact with a member of the Assurance Mobility team and ask about the best wheelchairs Oldham has to offer today!