Power wheelchairs are ideal for people who need the support a wheelchair can provide and the mobility the power offers. Not all power wheelchairs are suitable for outdoor use, so make sure the one you have will cope outdoors. It's possible to get many options such as kerb climbers, different tyre types (to cope with rougher ground) or with trays, bags and so on.
Some powerchairs can be dismantled to fit into cars, but bear in mind some parts such as the batteries and the motors are heavy. Other powerchairs can not be dismantled, and to transport them, you will need to use ramps and cars or vans with a flat bed boot.
A lot of powerchairs now offer options such as tilt in space, powered standing and recline facilities and also seat height raisers to allow the user to reach high cupboards.
Other powerchairs are extremely sophisticated pieces of equipment and can be set up to aid communication and control the user's local environment (computers, lights).
It's essential that powerchairs are tried out both by the user and any attendants in the area where they will be used. Suppliers will be happy to give free demonstrations at home and make sure trained staff are there both to make an assessment and also ensure everyone knows how to use the powerchair safely.
Prices range from £2000 - £20,000. Most people with disabilities do not have to pay VAT if they are buying a wheelchair for their personal use. The wheelchair supplier will provide a form to be completed to allow the VAT exemption.
Accessories such as powered wheels and attendant motors are available to help users who may find pushing difficult.