A Wheel Chair for Your Loved One

6 April 2023


I asked ChatGPT, (a large language model developed by OpenAI, to provide useful and accurate information to users in a conversational format on line) to help me select a wheel chair for one of my elderly family members. It directed me to a list of useful points such as user’s needs, comfort, manoeuvrability, portability, cost etc. As an equipment Specialist, I am going to enumerate a few more important areas to consider.

If the user has complex needs, it is essential to consult your local Occupational Therapist or a Physio Therapist who is trained to prescribe the right equipment. If that is not the case, give these points some thought:

Self-propelled or Transit? Is the user able enough to self-propel?

Weight of the user: It is vital that the chosen device is capable of meeting the safe working weight.

Seat width is critical while considering comfort and convenience.

Then check seat height, seat depth and height of the back support

Brakes for the user as well as the attendant

Weight of the wheelchair. Is it light enough to lift and put in the boot of the car?

Pressure care. Does the user require pressure care in terms of special cushions, or the functionality of Tilt in Space, to provide extra pressure management?

Wheelchairs with various styles and colours are available. Electric wheelchairs are becoming more common and affordable, and their stunning traits offer independence and freedom for even the most challenged. I am sure next time you check with ChapGPT it would have updated its knowledge base. After checking with your GP, ChatGPT or Google do come and have a chat with your local AT Specialists at www.karislife.com.au who will help you select the appropriate equipment.

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