How can I tell whether a pediatric wheelchair is good?
Do you already have a particular pediatric wheelchair model in mind? A good pediatric wheelchair should satisfy the following criteria so that it can be a real help in everyday life.
The pediatric wheelchair should provide a number of ways to make individual adjustments and to allow a therapeutic posture to be set, such as an adjustable seat depth, seat width, back height, lower leg length, hip angle, and so on.
A variety of accessories
Make sure that the pediatric wheelchair can be supplemented with accessories. These should provide additional adjustment and positioning options, increased comfort for the child when sitting, and better handling for the parents. In some pediatric wheelchair, the basic model already has a large selection of accessories.
Upholstery & covers
A cuddly soft upholstery, particularly in the seating area, gives children a lot of comfort, even on longer trips. Breathable cover fabrics prevent sweating and thus ensure more relaxed children. Make sure that the covers are removable and washable in case something gets spilled on them.
High degree of stability
The pediatric wheelchair must be able to cope with the high stresses caused by heavy children or those experiencing cramping. Therefore, a pediatric wheelchair with many functions can not be a lightweight. However, stability and safety have priority here.
If a child lies down in a pediatric wheelchair, the weight load on the chassis changes. There is a danger of tipping if the pediatric wheelchair does not provide appropriate compensation.
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It’s not so easy, what with all the levers and screws. Take a good look at how each adjustment option functions – from the headrest to the seat tilt to the footrest and the brake. Only if you can quickly and easily operate the functions can you make use of the potential of the pediatric wheelchair for yourself and your child.
Choose a pediatric wheelchair that has really been put through its paces. International test specifications are often even more stringent than German standards.
In contrast to the “tube monsters” from the early days, the pediatric wheelchair of today fortunately look chic and modern. This makes shopping trips or outings more fun. Choose the fabrics and colors that you and your child like best.