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Frames, Seats, Backrest, Arm Rests, Footrests, Wheels, Safety, Power MobilityCost, Clothing guards

The wheelchair is made from many components ideally chosen to meet the needs of the person using the chair. The reasons to choose a wheelchair and the options available are as varied at the people who will use them. The most important thing before purchasing or renting a wheelchair is to make sure it will best fit the needs of the individual who will be using it. The best way to do this is to work with a wheelchair specialist (e.g., occupational therapist or physician) who can advise on many issues.

One point to remember is that the most economical chair is not always the cheapest chair. An inexpensive chair can be costly not only in the monetary sense (i.e., repairs and replacement), but to the individual’s health, comfort, and safety. Getting advice from and experienced practitioner will allow you to choose the most appropriate and economical chair for yourself or your loved one.

Clothing guards protect clothing from the wheels. They are optional and can be part of the armrest itself or a separate removable part.

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