There is no such thing as a one-size fits all wheelchair when it comes to a patient population with needs that go beyond a basic injury. For the majority of people who will spend a lifetime in a wheelchair, they need that wheelchair to be a part of their everyday life, just like a driver needs a car to get somewhere.
Companies who specialize in these services do an enormous amount of good for people who need just a little bit extra to have a quality life.
Adaptive needs are a big part of the wheelchair industry. Mechanical devices like wheelchairs can be adapted to meet the special needs of their occupants in a way that makes life easier for someone who must be in a wheelchair.
However much it would be nice if no one ever needed a wheelchair, it’s a fact of life that for some, a wheelchair is like having a set of working legs.
For them, the wheelchair is their legs and not just a method of getting from one place to another but a place where they must be comfortable and will sometimes need other add-on devices that will help them.
Customization products fall into one of several categories. Adults have different needs than children and people with certain medical conditions will need adaptive devices on their wheelchair in order to function comfortably each day. Some people need headrests that are taller than others.
Other people need ergonomic devices that allow them to perform tasks each day. A popular category is called early intervention adaptive devices. Gait trainers, standers, and bath supports are among the most commonly ordered customized devices for these types of wheelchairs that serve the pediatric population.
Adults have the same kind of needs that children do in some cases, as some medical conditions never improve. However, adults are not going to be growing in the meantime and won’t need to have devices that grow along with them like children do.
The elderly often have a different set of needs as well. The custom wheelchairs help them have just that, and with in-home consultations, it becomes easier to make sure that you order the proper kind of adaptive devices.