Pushrim activated power assist wheelchairs are popular alternatives to power wheelchairs for individuals who prefer a little extra help moving their manual wheelchair. Power assist wheelchair are really add on products to standard ultralight manual wheelchairs which have been enhanced through the attachment of a motorized wheel or device that gives the chair power and allows it to move with limited intervention from the user.
One of the main reasons individuals choose to invest in a power assist wheelchair is to reduce strain on their muscles and joints. Using a manual wheelchair for an extended period of time forces the wheelchair user to consistently push their body weight and the weight of their chair; repetitively pushing this large amount of weight can cause extreme stress on the user’s muscles, which can lead to chronic pain or a severe repetitive strain injury. Individuals who choose to use a power assist wheelchair put themselves at a far lower risk of developing this type of injury by reducing the frequency of their pushing and thereby reducing the strain on their arms and shoulders.
Power assist wheelchairs are also generally able to travel faster than manual wheelchairs because they rely on an electric motor for movement rather than the muscles in an individual’s arm. This increased speed allows users to more easily keep up with others and reach their destination more quickly. Furthermore, power assist wheelchairs allow users to move more easily over obstacles such as curbs and steep inclines as well as travel more smoothly on a wide variety of terrains, including thick carpet and grass.
Overall, a power assist wheelchair is an excellent choice for wheelchair users who are struggling with chronic pain in their upper extremities or crave increased mobility. There are multiple power assist wheelchair devices available on the market; individuals should choose the device that best fits their needs, preferences, and lifestyle.
Frank Mobility e-motion Power Assist Wheel
The Frank Mobility e-motion power assist wheel is designed for users who are frequently out and about for long periods of time and need a power assist wheelchair with a long-lasting battery life that can accommodate their long trips. The e-motion wheel allows users to travel in their wheelchair for up to sixteen miles at any speed without requiring its battery to be recharged.
The e-motion wheel can be easily attached to a wheelchair as a replacement for the chair’s manual wheels in order to provide users with extra power-assisted help. The wheel can be mounted onto any ultralight wheelchair, regardless of whether it is folding or rigid. Users can activate the power assistance feature of the e-motion wheel by pushing the wheel, which activates a sensor and automatically turns on the electric motor to get the wheelchair moving. The e-motion wheel’s power assistance can be used for forward movement, reverse movement, and turning and can be used at two assist levels depending on the amount of help the user requires on a certain terrain.
If users encounter any problems or malfunctions with their e-motion wheel, they can easily trouble-shoot it themselves with the wheel’s unique self-diagnosis feature. Furthermore, the e-motion wheel accommodates users of all sizes and conditions, including children, quadriplegics, paraplegics, and any individuals who weighs up to two hundred eighty-five pounds.
SmartDrive MX2 Power Assist Device
The SmartDrive MX2 is an intuitive power assist wheelchair device designed to accommodate the active lifestyle of individuals who are always on the go. This system is incredibly powerful; it allows users to move across almost all terrains, including shag carpet, padded floors, up extremely steep hills, and more at up to five and one-half miles per hour. The SmartDrive even allows users to spin in place or go off of curbs. Furthermore, the SmartDrive includes a unique anti-rollback feature that prevents users from rolling backwards while moving on a hill and allows them to stop quickly on an incline and easily get moving again.
The SmartDrive functions through very simple controls: users can push to get going and press the brake when they want to stop. If they want to go slower, users can push slow. They can set virtually any speed they want within a wide range of less than one mile per hour to over five miles per hour by adjusting the speed of their push.
SmartDrive wheelchairs can travel along with their owner and help them get moving once they get to their destination. The SmartDrive system is extremely light at only twelve and one-half pounds and it can keep moving for up to fourteen miles without needing a battery charge.
Keystone Mobility has provided both SmartDrive and e-Motion power assist products for residents in the central Pennsylvania area. These clients have experienced less fatigue, increased mobility and access to more places in their local communities than they were able to experience in the past with their existing chair. If you are a therapists or a wheelchair user and you believe that a SmartDrive or e-Motion power assist product may benefit you or your patient, be sure to contact us and we can schedule to do a demo with these products. We serve customers in the Dauphin, Lancaster, York, Harrisburg, Cumberland and surrounding areas in central Pennsylvania.