How to buy the right wheelchair

If you have limited mobility in your legs than a mobility chair is essential for your independence. You may live at home in Sydney or elsewhere, or are in a care giving facility where getting around is still important. However, there are many different types of mobility chairs available today, from standard models through to handcycles and sporting chairs for those with a more active lifestyle. Let’s take a look at a few of the different factors that will come into play when choosing a mobility chair.

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Where Will You Be?

The environment in which you use your mobility chair will play a large deciding factor in your choice of model. If you will be predominantly using it outdoors then you would be best suited towards a model that can easily navigate rougher, more un-even terrain. If you are mainly using it indoors than a slimmer model that can easily navigate through doors and smaller spaces will be ideal for you.

Portable or Not?

Another factor that will inform your choice of mobility chair is if you intend to travel with it. If so, then a compact, foldable model that can easily fit into cars or on flights will be ideal. If you reside in a care facility or otherwise don’t intend to travel much, then this is not of as much concern. 

Will You Store It?

Do you intend to store your mobility chair when not in use? If so, then this is another thing to take into consideration. Larger models may not be suited to being stored, while smaller models that can be dissembled can be tucked away when not in use. Please always remember to store your chair in a safe, secure location that is away from the weather.

Do You Need a Power Chair?

Power mobility chairs have advantages over manual models. Depending upon your circumstances and actual range of mobility a motorised chair may be the best option for you. These models are often highly customisable and suit people with a more unique situation. They come in a variety of sizes and shapes, with adjustable seating, footplates and other features.


Comfort is a huge factor when choosing a mobility chair. While smaller models may have more manoeuvrability and be more portable, sometimes this can come with a sacrifice to comfort. Some models have ergonomic seating and are tailored to reduce the chances of developing pressure ulcers.

For the Sportsperson

If you have an active Sydney lifestyle and would like to play basketball or other sports then you may consider a chair that is specially designed for basketball. Handcycles are also available for those that like to keep on the go.

If you’d like to know more about how to pick the right mobility chair for your needs, then please contact Total Mobility or call us on 02 9520 1866. We’re more than happy to help you with anything that you’d like to know.