How to Select the Right Type of Wheelchair


First, thoroughly consider what the physical capacities are of the user. This includes the upper body strength of the person, as well as their physical characteristics, such as height and weight.

Manual wheelchairs will require a lot of effort to use and can be very difficult for seniors or others with limited upper body strength.

Electric wheelchairs, on the other hand, can be operated simply by using a single finger and there are also many other ways these types of wheelchairs can be controlled.

For those who are able to walk, but with difficulty, a mobility scooter might be a good choice because these types of mobility vehicles offer increased speed and are less expensive than manual wheelchairs.


Next, consider where the wheelchair will be used.

If it is only going to be used around the home, a manual wheelchair could be a very good choice.

If the individual wants to use the wheelchair all over town, it might be a good idea to go with an electric wheelchair, because they will be easier to use.

For wheelchair sports, a manual wheelchair is almost always needed and there are several types of sports wheelchairs, which can be used depending on whether the person wants to race, play wheelchair basketball, or play wheelchair rugby.


Consider how the wheelchair will be transported. Manual wheelchairs can be easily stored in the trunk of a car or even the backseat.

Electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters, on the other hand, usually require a wheelchair lift, although there are some travel wheelchairs available that can be taken apart easily to allow for easier transportation.


Consider the individuals budget. Electric wheelchairs are usually the most expensive type of wheelchair, followed by electric mobility scooters. Manual wheelchairs are usually the least expensive option, although sports wheelchairs can be very pricey.

Tips and Warnings

  • When purchasing a manual wheelchair, it is essential that the wheelchair fits properly, otherwise the individual risks serious damage to their health.
  • At least the first time you purchase a manual wheelchair, it is important to have a doctor or physical therapist measure you for the chair.
  • Once the manual wheelchair arrives, it is important to have it re-measured to ensure that it is safe and fits properly.
  • It is a good idea to speak with a doctor before ordering an electric wheelchair as well, but these usually use a more uniform seat than manual wheelchairs do.
  • Wheelchairs have been around for thousands of years, but it was not until the twentieth century that wheelchair technology began to become standardized.

    There are many different types of wheelchairs, including manual wheelchairs, sports wheelchairs, electric wheelchairs, and mobility scooters, so it is very important to find one that will fit the needs of the user.