How to Choose Power Seat Functions

In the previous blog, we explored the different types of wheelchair chassis and seats a power wheelchair user could choose based on their daily activities and seating support needs. In this blog, we are going to discuss the power seat functions available for Karma power wheelchairs.

The next question to ask about the user is “Does the user need any power seat functions for position change?” Each power function has its advantages which will be explored here.

The different types of power functions that can be equipped to Power Wheelchairs.Source: Karma Medical

Power Recline + Elevating Leg Rests

The Power Standing function has a long list of both physical and mental health benefits! All of which can be read about in more detail here. In short, standing for just 30 minutes every day can improve a person’s blood pressure and circulation, digestive and urinary system, and bone and muscle density. The option to stand gives the user a sense of independence which in turn improves their mental health.

Power Tilt

The Power Tilt function is great at offering pressure relief, trunk stability, and increased comfort. The tilt functions also allow the users to stabilize their seating position when going down a slope. 

Power Tilt

The Power Tilt function is great at offering pressure relief, trunk stability, and increased comfort. The tilt functions also allow the users to stabilize their seating position when going down a slope. 

[ Read about the full benefits of a reclining and tilting wheelchair here]

Power Standing

The Power Standing function has a long list of both physical and mental health benefits! All of which can be read about in more detail here. In short, standing for just 30 minutes every day can improve a person’s blood pressure and circulation, digestive and urinary system, and bone and muscle density. The option to stand gives the user a sense of independence which in turn improves their mental health.

Power Seat Elevation

The Power Seat Elevation not only has functional benefits such as improving the reaching range of the user and making transferring in and out of the wheelchair safer. The Power Seat Elevation also has the medical benefit of decreasing the hyper-lordotic position of the neck which means that the user decreases their risk of a neck injury from constantly having to overreach for objects.

Being able to elevate the seat to match the height of the surface the user is transferring to is safer and costs less effort on the user’s part. All of these functions add up to the user;

  • Improving their independence, 
  • Enhancing their line-of-sight,
  • And engaging more socially therefore improving their self-esteem. 

Summary

The user can choose a combination of these features, however not every wheelchair has all of the features. It is important to discuss with a doctor or therapist whether it is safe for the user to employ these functions so as not to risk secondary injuries. In the next blog, we will discuss the different types of power wheelchair wheel configurations and which will suit what users. 

 

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