What are wheelchairs?
Wheelchairs are a type of chair transportation device designed for people who have limited or no ability to walk as a result of illness, injury or disability. As individual needs vary greatly, so do wheelchairs. At the Independent Living Centre WA, we have almost 40 years of experience advising and assisting people in finding the right equipment and technology to help them achieve their goals. When it comes to choosing wheelchairs in Perth, we can help you decide whether a manual or electric design will work best for your requirements as well as which accessories and features you may need.
Which wheelchair is for me?
At first glance, it may seem as though there are an overwhelming number of wheelchairs in Perth to choose from. With the assistance of ILC, we can help you select the right wheelchair for you. Prior to purchase, it’s essential to consider both the abilities and limitations of yourself and your carer as well as your budget and transportation requirements. There are two types of wheelchair options available; manual wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs.
Manual wheelchairs can come with either rear wheel drive, transit or one arm drive options, depending on your needs. Rear wheel drive chairs generally have larger wheels on the back and swiveling castors at the front, whereas transit wheelchairs will have smaller rear wheels. Transit wheelchairs are suitable for people who may injure themselves or their carer by grabbing the wheels, however they are harder to push up curbs or over grass. One arm drive chairs can be operated using one arm and generally have a push-pull lever action or two rims located on one side of the chair. Other variations of manual wheelchairs include amputee set up, reclining backs and tilt-in-space.
Electric or powered wheelchairs may be suitable for those who are unable to self-propel using a manual wheelchair. Electric wheelchairs are not for everyone and it’s advised to seek assistance from a medical professional prior to purchase or hire.
Contact us today
Whether you’re after a manual or an electric wheelchair, if you’re looking for somewhere in Perth for wheelchair hire, please contact our team at ILC. We have many years of experience assisting people to find the right equipment and technologies to help them achieve their goals. For more information about the Independent Living Centre WA, or to explore our equipment options available for hire such as Perth wheelchair hire, please visit or call us today!