Drive Medical Cirrus Plus HD Heavy-Duty Folding Power Wheelchair Rear-Wheel Drive
Drive Medical Cobalt X16 Standard Power Wheelchair Rear-Wheel Drive
Drive Medical Cobalt X23 Standard Power Wheelchair Rear-Wheel Drive
Drive Medical Image EC Standard Power Wheelchair Mid-Wheel Drive
Drive Medical Medalist 450 Heavy-Duty Power Wheelchair Rear-Wheel Drive
We carry Electric wheelchairs from Drive Medical!
Motorized wheelchairs are useful for those unable to use a manual wheelchair or who need to use a wheelchair over terrain which would be fatiguing in a manual wheelchair. They may also be used by people with cardiovascular and fatigue-based conditions. Our power wheelchairs come in a number of styles which can accommodate the needs of many different users. Power wheelchairs tend to be more compact than mobility scooters, and do not have the projections in the front and rear caused by the solid base platform of most scooters. Power wheelchairs also seperate footrests, which may be more confortable for some users. Our staff can walk you through the process of finding the right mobility scooter to fulfill your needs.
Most power wheelchairs are four or six wheeled; some fold, and other designs have the ability to partially dismantle for transportation. Four general styles of powerchair drive systems exist: front, centre or rear wheel drive and all-wheel drive. Powered wheels are typically somewhat larger than the trailing/castoring wheels, while castoring wheels are typically larger than the castors on a manual chair. Centre wheel drive powerchairs have castors at both front and rear for a six-wheel layout.
Power wheelchair motors are usually powered by 12 to 80 amp rechargeable batteries; smaller batteries are used in pairs to give the chair enough power to last at least one day between charges. Many power wheelchairs carry an on-board charger which can be plugged into a standard wall outlet; older or more portable models may have a separate charger unit.
Power wheelchair controls are usually an arm-rest mounted joystick which may have additional controls for sensitivity or multiple modes. The controller may swing-away to aid in side-transfers. Capabilities include turning one drivewheel forward while the other goes backward, thus turning the wheelchair within its own length.
Power wheelchair seating can vary from basic sling seat to fully cushioned seats with backrests and head rests. Leg rests may be integrated into the seating design and may have power adjustment. Power wheelchairs may also recline for users who are unable to maintain an upright seating position. This helps with comfort by shifting pressure to different areas for a while, or with positioning in a wheelchair when a user needs to be hoisted in.