Mobility is crucial for seniors. Staying mobile helps people maintain an independent lifestyle. And for many elderly seniors or those with disabilities, the right equipment makes all the difference. With it they remain mobile and independent.
One popular mobility device is the electric wheelchair, or power wheelchair. You may also hear electric wheelchairs described as power chairs. Power wheelchairs are motorized chairs that can be controlled by the user’s hands, allowing people with diminishing lower limb ability to move around with ease. In this category, there are many types of wheelchairs for elderly folks. Let’s take a look at the features of some of the types of wheelchairs for elderly individuals.
Lightweight Electric Wheelchairs
As the name suggests, lightweight electric wheelchairs are the lightest and most portable of the bunch. Lightweight chairs generally can be disassembled and reassembled easily, such as the Go Chair. Other lightweight electric wheelchairs can be easily folded for a compact and portable travel option, such as the Jazzy Passport. These chairs are perfect for those who love to travel but need a little mobility assistance once they reach their destination. The Jazzy Passport has a weight capacity of up to 250 pounds making it a truly appealing option for many elderly individuals.
Elevating Power Wheelchairs
Elevating power wheelchairs are considered types of wheelchairs for elderly individuals who could use help reaching when they are unable to leave their power wheelchair. The Jazzy Air® Power Wheelchair can elevate up to ten inches. Just press the button, and in 16 seconds the chair is at a whole new height. Engineered to drive safely at speeds up to 3.5 mph in the elevated position, the Jazzy Air provides an unprecedented level of access. It’s the perfect solution for bar-height seating in restaurants and face-to-face conversation. The Jazzy Air has a weight capacity of up to 300 pounds. It can drive up to 18.4 miles on a single charge, and its Active-Trac® ATX Suspension offers smooth driving whether you are indoors or out.
Bariatric Electric Wheelchairs
If an elderly senior requires a more robust wheelchair with a higher weight capacity, bariatric electric wheelchairs are designed to meet those needs. Consider the Jazzy® 1450 Power Wheelchair, which offers a 600-pound weight capacity. Oversized rear casters combine with 14-inch drive wheels to optimize the chair’s performance and ensure the comfort of the user.
Heavy-Duty Power Wheelchairs
Users looking for superior performance in a durable, ultra-reliable power wheelchair or who are looking for a weight capacity up to 450 pounds, look no further. Of the types of wheelchairs for elderly seniors available, heavy-duty power wheelchairs are an exceptional choice.
The Jazzy® Elite HD Electric Wheelchair offers 14-inch drive wheels in a front wheel drive configuration, powered by two motors. This configuration enhances the chair’s uphill climb ability, giving you outdoor freedom when encountering curbs. This heavy-duty option also offers tight turns, giving you high maneuverability indoors and out.
The Jazzy 614 HD on the other hand offers a six-wheel configuration with mid-wheel drive. Active-Trac® ATX Suspension technology provides excellent performance and maneuverability. The front casters raise and lower independently, adjusting to changes in terrain and grade. It’s a good all-around performing heavy duty power wheelchair.
Whatever your mobility needs, Pride can help you discover the types of wheelchairs for elderly seniors and help you determine the best model for your needs. Contact us today to get started.