Buyer's Guide To Wheelchairs

Choosing the right wheelchair can be a crucial decision that greatly impacts your mobility and quality of life. There are different types of wheelchairs available, including manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and transport wheelchairs.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you choose the right wheelchair for you:

  1. Consult with a healthcare professional: The first step to choosing the right wheelchair is to consult with a healthcare professional, such as a physical therapist or Equipment Specialist such as Liberty Healthcare. They can evaluate your mobility needs and provide recommendations on the type of wheelchair that will best suit your individual needs.  

  2. Determine your mobility needs: Consider the level of mobility you require, whether you need a wheelchair for daily use or just for occasional use. You should also consider the terrain you will be using the wheelchair on, whether it's smooth surfaces or rough terrain.

  3. Choose the type of wheelchair: There are different types of wheelchairs available, including manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs, and transport wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs require physical exertion to operate and are suitable for people who have upper body strength. Power wheelchairs are motorised and require less physical exertion to operate. Transport wheelchairs are lightweight and designed for easy transport but require assistance to maneuver.

  4. Consider the features: Once you have decided on the type of wheelchair, consider the features that you require. This could include features such as the size and weight of the wheelchair, the type of seating, and the type of wheels.

  5. Test drive the wheelchair: Before making a final decision, test drive the wheelchair to ensure that it is comfortable and meets your mobility needs. This will give you an opportunity to check the wheelchair's weight, turning radius, and overall functionality.

  6. Consider the cost: Wheelchairs can be expensive, and it's important to consider the cost when choosing the right wheelchair for you. If you have insurance, check with your insurance provider to determine what type of wheelchair is covered and what your out-of-pocket expenses will be.

  7. Maintenance and repairs: Finally, consider the maintenance and repair needs of the wheelchair. Regular maintenance can help prolong the life of the wheelchair, and it's important to consider the availability of repair services in your area.

By following these steps, you can choose the right wheelchair for your mobility needs and improve your quality of life.


Taylor Abrams

Taylor Abrams

Gosh, it’s just sad that my grandma has a passion for gardening, but her arthritis has made it increasingly difficult for her to tend to her beloved plants. I’m determined to help her find a suitable power wheelchair that can navigate the garden terrain, allowing her to continue pursuing her green-thumb interests with ease. I will tell her that consultation with a healthcare expert, such as a physical therapist or equipment specialist, is the first step in selecting the best wheelchair. Thanks for this.



Hello I’m looking to purchase a tilt wheelchair for my mother who is currently in aged care.

She requires an assessment and report to aged care that she can be placed in the chair. Can you please let me know if you can assist with this?


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