Manual & Power Wheelchairs and Electric Scooters

Parents should never walk into a medical supply store and tell a salesperson that they would like to purchase a wheelchair, because even the most well-intentioned salespeople have received little training in assessing the child’s needs. When purchasing a wheelchair, parents should always seek guidance from the child’s physical therapist, physiatrist, or his or her orthopedist. Many pediatric hospitals have wheelchair clinics where physical therapists, rehabilitation engineers, and physicians discuss the family’s and the child’s situation and decide what type of chair will meet the child’s, the family’s, and, if appropriate, the school’s needs, and then advise the parents accordingly.

Before purchasing a wheelchair, three factors must be examined: the child’s need for postural control and support, the child’s ability to push his or her own chair, and the need for any adaptive devices. In addition to these issues that directly affect the child, it is also important to consider the family’s home and school – the settings where the wheelchair will be used. This will determine how important it is to have a lightweight chair and will have a bearing on the size of the chair purchased. For instance, a chair to be used in a rural environment, where there are no sidewalks or paved streets, needs to be extremely stable; in this example, small-wheeled wheelchairs, which are difficult to push across gravel and loose dirt, are to be avoided.

The availability of service and repairs should also be considered. Although manual wheelchairs need repair less often than power chairs, parts of the wheelchair will eventually wear out or break and will need to be replaced.

The Wheelchair Site notes itself to be an "Independent Consumers Guide to Wheelchairs, Scooters & Accessories." This site provides links to several manufacturers and distributors offering a variety of wheelchair information. The Wheelchair Information Guide states that it is an "Independent guide on how to find the right wheelchair for you." This site also links to a variety of manufacturers.

PHC: Preferred Healthcare offers a variety of scooters, power wheelchairs and manual wheelchairs. You can purchase online. Large inventory.
MobilityToys.com carries a variety of manual wheelchairs, electric scooters, power chairs and other products at a variety of prices.
Guardian Medical has a selection of manual wheelchairs, mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs that you can purchase online.
SpinLife.com offers online wheechairs (power and manual) and electric scooters. Purchase online, 800 number and return policy noted on site.
123ElectricWheelchair.com specializes in electric wheelchairs, placing an emphasis on facilitating insurance coverage and servicing their products.

All in One Mobility, Inc. specializes in power wheelchairs, scooters, manual wheelchairs, lifts, etc. Product details noted on shopping cart website.

Colours in Motion displays a selection of contemporary wheelchairs from a souped up website. View everyday chairs, sports chairs and children's chairs.
Scooterville offers scooters, power chairs, and walkers on an ecommerce website with a variety of additional accessories and equipment.
A Carems.com carries powered mobility, wheelchairs, scooters, and other equipment on an ecommerce website with a selection of accessories.
The Scooter Store sells scooters, power chairs and electric wheelchairs online, with retail locations noted on the site.
We have neither tested or approved of any of the products depicted within this website. The information noted within these pages should be investigated in detail before any purchase is made.

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