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Seniors Mobility AidsWheelchairs

Power Up Your wheelchair

Written by Dayna C
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Wheelchair front wheel power

Wheelchairs are incredible tools that provide mobility and freedom for many. But sometimes, pushing yourself around, especially outdoors or over long distances, can be very tiring. That’s where a front clip-on power assist wheel comes into play, offering a helping hand to those using manual wheelchairs. 

These clip-on power wheels are sometimes called wheelchair scooters, or power assist wheels or PAW

What Is a Front Clip-On Power Assist Wheel?

Imagine a small, powerful wheel that you can attach (clip on securely) to the front of your manual wheelchair. This wheel is a small electric motor for your chair. It’s designed to help you move around more easily without changing your wheelchair into a full-on electric one . You control it, deciding when to use its power to assist your movements.

There are many benefits to using this device

1. Ease of Use:
The power wheel is pretty straightforward and once attached, it can make using your wheelchair much easier, especially on challenging terrains like hills or uneven paths.

2. Independence:
With this wheel, you might find yourself more willing to go out and about, knowing that you won’t have to exert as much energy or ask for help as often.

Wheelchair power assist

3. Compatibility:
The different brands and models are made to fit most manual wheelchairs, so there’s a good chance it will work with yours. Plus, it’s usually easy to attach and detach while sitting in your wheelchair, making it convenient for everyday use.

4. Flexibility:
You decide when to use it. If you’re feeling energetic and want some exercise, push yourself as usual. If you’re tired or facing a steep hill, turn on the power assist.

Considerations

While the front clip-on powered wheel offers many benefits, there are a few things you might want to keep in mind:

Cost:
These devices can be an investment and prices vary depending on build quality, battery size, wheel power or road capabilities so they can be quite expensive, and you’ll understand your usage to consider your budget.

Weight:
The power assist wheel adds some weight to the front of your wheelchair. While it’s designed to help you move, it might take a bit of getting used to at first.

Maintenance:
Like any device, it requires some care. Charging the battery, keeping it clean, and occasional check-ups are part of the deal to ensure it keeps running smoothly.

Learning Curve:
Using the power assist wheel might feel a bit different at first. It may take a little time to get used to how it moves and responds to your commands.

Wheelchair front wheel drive power

A front clip-on power assist wheel can be a fantastic addition to a manual wheelchair, offering a blend of independence, flexibility, and ease of use. It’s like having a bit of extra muscle when you need it, without giving up the familiarity of your manual chair. 

Also, if you’re considering buying a mobility scooter this device in some cases, could replace the need to purchase one. As they can push, (actually pull) your wheelchair up to speeds of 12 mph and have considerable distance range depending on battery size.

However, considering the cost, weight, maintenance, and learning curve trying before buying is essential before making a decision. If these factors align with your needs and expectations, this device could indeed be a game-changer in how you experience mobility.

Front wheel drive for wheelchair

Here’s some examples of different brands

Alber Electric wheelchair drive unit e-pilot

Electric wheelchair drive unit VARIO-DRIVE

Electric wheelchair drive unit UNAwheel Maxi

About Author

Dayna C
Dayna has an incredible passion for helping others and a background as an in-home caregiver for the elderly. She left the field temporarily three years ago to stay at home with her twins, but found that she really missed working with senior citizens. She launched LoAids as a way to help not just her own loved ones and former clients, but ALL seniors live life to the fullest in their golden years.  Follow her on LINKEDIN and TWITTER. Read her LATEST POSTS. Learn more about her HERE.

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