Wheelchairs are mobility assistive contraptions that can be bought or rented depending on the duration of use. Most patients prefer renting out a wheelchair, particularly when the duration of use is short.
Wheeled furniture was common as early as the 5th century BC, with a visual of a child's bed on a Greek vase in a frieze. In addition to transporting heavy loads, wheeled seats (wheelbarrows) were known to transport disabled people. But, of course, due to our fast-paced technological age, we have revolutionised the wheelchair with alterations made to suit people of all ages and cater to various disabilities.
Essentially, a wheelchair is designed for both functionality and comfort. Although there are various types of wheelchairs, it is important to understand each device's safety operations and limitations.
Certain components of the wheelchair, such as the size of the seat chair, height of the chair, leg rests, adjustable backrests, controls and additional features, may be customised according to specific standards. Some customers with special needs need to have their wheelchairs customised to meet certain requirements. For example, a specific design needs to cater to their functional needs.
What are my wheelchair options?
The user controls a manual wheelchair without any assistance. By pushing on the bars surrounding the device's wheels, you can activate the wheelchair. Fortunately, the benefits of a manual wheelchair are vast because it is inexpensive, easy to maintain and made from lightweight yet durable material. Alternatively, an electric wheelchair is powered by a battery and operates on a motor. A joystick or several buttons help control the device. A few of these electric wheelchairs are built on advanced technology that enables the devices to reach certain heights and travel across distances over various terrains (gravel) to reach specific destinations.
Athletes can choose wheelchairs to help them perform better at sports. These wheelchairs are incredibly lightweight and provide stability when participating in marathons, basketball and tennis.
Standing wheelchairs offer support while in an upright position. These types of wheelchairs are both stable and durable devices. A standing wheelchair works by elevating the seat to an upright position. Patients with paraplegia or quadriplegia and those with spina bifida, traumatic spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, stroke and muscular dystrophy will benefit from a standing wheelchair.
Ultimately, a wheelchair can be used as a temporary or permanent mode of transport, depending on your condition. First, it helps to understand what you are looking for in a device. For example, what is the prognosis after your medical check-up or surgery, and what does your doctor suggest? Your options are expansive. However, your choices will boil down to your lifestyle, preference, degree of usage and location where the wheelchair is most used.
Renting is inexpensive
Renting a wheelchair is often the most affordable and practical option, especially when you suffer from a temporary medical ailment affecting fine motor abilities, which may result from a stress injury, sprain or strain. Often, recovery is quick, in which case, there is no need to store the wheelchair any longer. Our rentals are available to help you recover without the hassle of storing bulky equipment of no use in the future.
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No all our products are for human usage.
Yes, a three-point structured wheelchair is not a new concept and is used for tennis wheelchairs, sports-racing wheelchairs and other high-intensity sports. These wheelchairs make it easier to get around, especially when on challenging terrain.
They recline at different angles and offer more comfort and support than standard wheelchairs.
Yes, you can use a mechanism to propel yourself while in the wheelchair.
Yes and No
For non-medical aid members, a full rental amount must be paid upfront with an additional 30% returnable security deposit, subject to the status of the wheelchair upon return.
For medical aid members, a full rental amount will be charged from your medical aid with no security deposit charged. However, failure to return the device on the agreed date without communication will automatically convert the rental to a full purchase and deduct the balance from your medical aid.