How much does a wheelchair cost?
That is a question that prospective customers ask us on a daily basis. When most of us think of a wheelchair, we envision two large wheels and two small casters affixed to a comfortable seating surface. However, due to the large variety of wheelchairs available to accommodate individuals’ very different needs, we can begin by telling you that the cost of a wheelchair can run from $300 all the way up to the many thousands of dollars. What determines a wheelchair’s price? We need to find out what you’re looking for, but the two main factors are construction and features.
Basic wheelchairs, which are mostly catered to recovery and occasional users, are often built out of steel. Steel wheelchairs are economical and durable — that’s why you’ll find that most rental wheelchairs are made from this material. Their main advantage is that they come at the smallest price-tag, but the largest deterrent for owning and operating a steel wheelchair is the weight (between 35-40 lbs). Their heavier frame isn’t particularly easy to fold and transport. The most popular wheelchair material without a doubt, however, is aluminum. Aluminum wheelchairs and combination Aluminum-Carbon Fiber wheelchairs weigh around 20 lbs, are extremely sturdy and resist corrosion very well. All these features make them ideal for everyday and outdoor use. In the upper range for wheelchairs, are Titanium wheelchairs and Carbon Fiber wheelchairs. Whereas these models are extremely durable and light, they are seldom employed for everyday use. These kinds of wheelchairs are the perfect choice for playing sports like wheelchair basketball or racing.
Once you begin to learn about wheelchairs, you also start to realize that the variety of features available in these devices is nothing short of overwhelming. A basic, steel frame wheelchair will have the option of elevating footrests and armrests that can be removed or lowered. As you move up into the aluminum and carbon fiber categories, wheelchairs can be customized to the users’ exact needs. An everyday user will need customized cushioning in the buttocks and back areas. A person with little to no mobility will need additional support for their body– including the head and neck. They will also be able to tilt or recline their chair to better position their bodies.
With so many options to consider, the cost of a wheelchair will vary quite a bit depending on your needs. When considering the use of a wheelchair, it is always most advisable to visit a registered physiotherapist or occupational therapist to make sure that your mobility requirements are being addressed. They will also recommend any government funding that could help finance your device. The team at Vital Mobility is highly knowledgeable about the entire range of wheelchairs and can help you, along with that information, to find the perfect device to give you the mobility you need.