If you have a loved one who is unwell, investing in modern-day tools such as wheelchairs and scooters can help improve the quality of life that they live. The type of tools they will require depends on their physical state and a couple of other factors. Careful consideration is essential to ensure the patient gets the tools that will give them the best assistance. Some of the things you should consider when selecting the best tools include:
Is the patient able to stand on their own? Do they have enough strength to use a particular tool the way it is intended? Do they have enough stability? These are some of the questions you should ask before choosing a tool. The evaluation will help you in making decisions such as choosing between a self-propelled vs. non-self-propelled wheelchair.
Another factor you need to consider is the tool’s usage. Will the tool be used both indoor and outdoor? For frequent outdoor use, you may want to consider a tool that is heavy-duty. For frequent travels, consider something that is both functional and portable.
Most tools will come in smaller sizes for kids and teens, a standard size for adults, and an extra size for adults who can’t fit in the standard size. Therefore, before you order, check the dimensions. Also, don’t forget to consider whether you will have enough space for the tool in your car as well as storage at home. In some cases, homeowners have to do some home improvement to widen doorways among other things so as to accommodate tools used by the patient.
In order to use some tools, the patient may require some training. Thus, check the training options available for a tool before you invest in it. Also, consider who will handle the repairs and maintenance for the tool you are buying. Does the manufacturer offer that, or will you source it from an independent service provider?
Appearance may not be of much importance to many people, but it’s good to inquire with your patient if they have any preferences. Some people will be more fulfilled if they get a modern tool in their favorite color or a certain design. Make sure you involve them when making the final decision.
Reviews can tell you so much about a product even before you get to try it out. So, before you make your decision, check out reviews about the specific brand or manufacturer you have selected. Get to see what other patients and caregivers have to say about the product. Taking some time to dig deeper can save you from making the wrong purchase. While some dealers can accept returns if you are not satisfied, it will be costly. The whole process of making returns can also be an inconvenience, and so you should do your research and make the right purchase the first time. You can find reviews on stores’ websites, communities, and business listing sites. Or you can simply key in the name of the product on search engines followed by terms such as ‘reviews’ and ‘complaints’ to view feedback from other users.
A good starting point when shopping for modern-day tools would be to ask for a recommendation from your patient’s healthcare provider. Since he or she understands your patient’s needs, the recommendation is likely to be good. Once you have the recommendation, take the time to check the details and don’t hesitate to go back and ask questions if you are not content. And, finally, remember to compare two or more tools serving the same purpose to get the best and also to save some money.