Electric Wheelchairs—Helping Those Who Need it Most

(This Article discusses topics that are related to mobility scooters and electric wheelchairs)

Have you ever found yourself wanting everything done automatically, like even walking around the house or a building because it’s too tiring and requires too much effort? We’re all no strangers to the need and want for more ease and convenience in our lives. Now imagine how much more the physically handicapped and disabled wish for such ease and simplicity in maneuvering and moving around. Luckily, electric wheelchairs are available for their use.

Electric wheelchairs are just like what they sound: wheelchairs with motors. Allied Health Professionals actually recommend electric wheelchairs to physically handicapped people who don’t have enough strength or use of their limbs to propel a manual chair. A certain George Klein who worked for the National Research Council of Canada invented the first electric-powered wheelchair when he was assisting injured veterans in World War II. Today, no one can deny the benefits of using a motor powered wheelchair in the rehabilitation and general use of the disabled or physically handicapped.

Normally controlled by one hand (or just a few fingers) using a joystick or by mouth or chin using puff/sip scanners (for those with C2-3 spinal cord lesions or other debilitating spinal conditions), electric wheelchairs are powered by 4 or 5 amp wet or dry deep cycle rechargeable batteries. They are available in rear, front, center, or four-wheel drives depending on the maneuvering needs of the handicapped individual in need of one. Of course, before going out and buying one for an incapacitated loved one, be sure to get the recommendation of a licensed physician, because like everything else, what’s used in excess or ill advice only brings misfortune.

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