What to look for in a paediatric wheelchair?

A wheelchair plays such a large role in a child’s life so it is very important to choose the right one. There are several determining factors to be considered when selecting the best suited wheelchair for a child.
  • Fit
It doesn’t matter if the chair looks really good if it’s not a good fit for the child. Gone are the days where parents need to buy a large wheelchair for their child to grow into. Now we have chairs that grow with them; see Action 3 Junior adjustable features here.
  • Style
Not only is the chair something they need, it can also be an expansion of their personality, particularly in regards to style and design. Therefore, it’s a good idea to let the child play a part in the selection process, allowing personal interests and choice to become a determining factor.
  • Comfort
With kids spending a majority of time in school, it’s essential to have a wheelchair the child feels comfortable sitting in to prevent any discouraging effect on concentration and studying, or confidence.
  • Ability
Alongside healthcare professionals it is essential for the parent and the child to actively participate in the selection process based on the child’s capabilities and aspirations.  

Keeping these factors in mind, it’s also a good idea to have a little browse yourself to get an idea of what’s on offer.

Take a look at our range of paediatric wheelchairs here.