Choosing a Wheelchair
Wheelchairs are a fantastic way to help you keep your independence.
From lightweight attendant-propelled chairs to the rugged all-terrain Mountain Trike, there are options available to suit all body shapes, daily activities and personal needs.
A selection of our wheelchairs are showcased online, however we have a wide range of wheelchairs in our showrooms. We always encourage you to come in and speak with our experts before making a decision, so your individual needs can be assessed and the chosen wheelchair’s fit can be adjusted to meet your specific requirements.
Our Range of Wheelchairs
There are 2 main types of wheelchairs; assisted wheelchairs and self-propelled wheelchairs. Both are available in many variations in design, size and style, so you will always find the perfect wheelchair for your individual needs.
Attendant-propelled wheelchairs are designed to be pushed from behind by another person. Attendant-propelled wheelchairs have smaller back wheels, so are often lighter and easier to transport. They are also easier to navigate and control for the person pushing, although they can prove trickier than larger-wheeled chairs to mount obstacles such as kerbs.
You will need sufficient strength and movement in your arms to use a self-propelled wheelchair. Most have push-handles for times when extra help may be needed and larger back wheels, each with an outer ‘pushrim’ that you turn to control and propel the chair. These wheels make for a bulkier chair, which may be less easy to pack into the boot of a car.
When purchasing a wheelchair, it may need to meet more than just your own needs. You may need someone else to help you lift the wheelchair into the car, or perhaps someone to push you in an assisted wheelchair. Therefore, we recommend that you consider:
- Seat position
- Equipment dimensions
- The weight if lifting and loading the wheelchair into the car
- Storage availability in your home
- If the wheelchair needs to be folding or ridged
- Will the wheelchair be used primarily indoors or outdoors?
- How much support must the chair provide?
- How will the wheelchair be propelled?
Customer Service at Snowdrop
In addition to performing a full assessment of your needs in our showrooms, our team are more than happy to carry out a self assessment in your home, should you not be able to make it to us. They will arrive equipped with a variety of wheelchairs for you to try, based upon your needs specified over the phone.
Once your wheelchair has been ordered, our experts will not only assemble the wheelchair for you, but also make any necessary chair adjustments to ensure that you are 100% comfortable. Whether you need cushions for additional padding, or the leg rest altered to improve your posture, our team are on hand to make sure your wheelchair is the perfect fit for you.
All of our wheelchairs come with 1 year free warranty and 3 months free premium care insurance.
Should you need any further support after taking your wheelchair home, our team are just a phone call away.