The folding electric wheelchair is a great benefit if you are physically impaired, as it increases not just your independence but also your options in regard to travelling. As old age and continuous illness can negatively affect the strength of your limbs, this creates a lack of healthy self-esteem and contributes to mood swings.
This reduced usage of your limbs then creates dependence on others for general care, and in some cases can lead to you living in an isolated state. Other negatives that affect physically impaired people is that you now can no longer visit loved ones and friends or go on vacations whenever it suits you.
This type of wheelchair is a perfect aid if you are living in these circumstances. The fact that it offers you more mobility can be a major boost to your self-esteem and lend to your independence. Let us take a look at a couple of reasons why investing in a folding electric wheelchair might be beneficial for you:
Benefits to Caretaker
If the wheelchair user requires the help of a caretaker, then an electric wheelchair that can fold is ideal as it allows a caretaker to easily lift or store it with reduced effort. As there is minimized strain, less repetitive tasks while handling the moving of the wheelchair occupant it has positive benefits in the long term.
As such the folding electric wheelchair has all the benefits a normal wheelchair offers but with greater flexibility and more options, as it allows for easier transportation, storage and usage.
It can easily be taken apart or folded up. Because it is so lightweight removing it from or inserting it into the boot of a vehicle is a breeze. They also possess good battery life and can cover as much as 14 miles on a single battery charge.
Offers Compact Storage
Because of their good design, the folding electric wheelchair can easily be folded up and put in the boot of most vehicles, or alternatively can be stored inside the home. They are quite compact when folded and take up much less space than normal electric wheelchairs. Thus, there is no need to create separate storage space for it or keep it in a shed.
This compactness is especially useful when travelling, that coupled with the fact that they are so light in weight. This allows them to be transported in airplanes, making travelling and vacationing a memorable experience.
Great examples of folding wheelchairs are the EW-M45 by E-Wheels and the Pride Jazzy Passport by Pride Mobility. The EW-M45 weighs only 59 pounds and is one of the lightest electric wheelchairs that are foldable on the market. It has a weight capacity of 400 lbs and a turning radius of 31 inches. It can travel 15.5 miles on a single battery charge.
The Pride Jazzy Passport weighs only 53 pounds and has a maximum weight capacity of 250 pounds with a turning radius of 24.5 inches. It can travel 11 miles on a single battery charge.