Wheelchairs: How to choose the right one

The time may come when use of a wheelchair may be a necessity. Usually, the need for a wheelchair comes later in the advanced stages of PD. Therefore, it is important to know what to look for in picking the right one and who to talk to on your comprehensive care team to assist you in this important decision. The following are a few tips to guide you through the process:

  • Schedule an appointment with your occupational or physical therapist to find out which chair best meets your individual needs.
  • Check with your insurance company to learn about covered services in your plan, as not all wheelchairs will be covered.
  • Try to pick a lightweight wheelchair, as they are easier to lift in and out of the car.
  • Choose a reclining chair back, which is helpful is you have to make posture changes, have low blood pressure, or you need to rest during the day.

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Medical content reviewed by: Nina Browner, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in North Carolina and by Fernando Pagan, MD—Medical Director of the NPF Center of Excellence at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C.

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