Why choose a custom-built wheelchair over a prescriptive wheelchair?

Many wheelchair users will be told that the chair they’re looking to purchase is made to measure and will be set up so that it’s efficient for propulsion and meeting their requirements. Although prescriptive wheelchairs come in many forms, there are major differences between custom built and prescriptive wheelchairs.

Below are some key points to consider when looking to purchase a new wheelchair.

The ability to position the front castor wheels to exactly where you need them. Castor position is hugely important for stability when transferring out of your wheelchair, the further forward the castor wheels the more stable the wheelbase will be when moving forwards and up out of your wheelchair. It also helps with navigating thresholds. Did you know, you can also dictate how wide you want your castors be?

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Many prescriptive wheelchairs offer seat widths and seat depths in 2cm increments. With a custom-built wheelchair you can measure in millimeters which gives you the ultimate fit.

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With a custom-built wheelchair you can also choose where the footrest is positioned without compromising on seating posture – giving flexibility around how tight you want your knee angle to be.

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Custom built wheelchairs offer a fixed rear axle as well as adjustable. This offers a reduction in weight (approximately 1kg to 1.5kg) and fewer component parts to maintain or move out of alignment, which reduces ongoing maintenance.

Many prescriptive wheelchair users who have had several wheelchairs, will rarely alter their centre of gravity once the chair has been delivered.

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With custom built wheelchairs you can dictate how high or low the back brace bar is positioned, how deep it is and the shape of it. Although this might seem insignificant – the position, shape and depth can help when transferring into and out of your car. Being able to lift the rear of the wheelchair to tip. A custom back brace bar is ideal for fitting 3rd party backrests or if you require deep contouring for the tension adjustable backrest.

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With a custom-built wheelchair there are no limitations with front and rear seat heights in combination with castor and rear wheel size. Many prescriptive chairs will offer a range of castor wheel sizes but there are limitations with front seat heights, rear wheel size and rear seat heights.

A custom-built wheelchair has fewer component parts, which reduces its weight and makes it perfect for power add on’s while also maintaining superior rigidity.  

And finally, your wheelchair must fit you and be ergonomic to meet your requirements. The way it looks is important and with a custom-built wheelchair you have a huge choice of: frame colours (anodised or powder coated), frame accessories including wheel types and colour of wheels, as well as highlight colours. You also have the option to add unique features such as seat plates, customised sideguards, ergo seat, suspension or even a Dahl docking lock. The choice is yours!

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There is always a glass ceiling when considering which wheelchair to choose next but why not smash through that ceiling and choose the set up you want.

If you’d like to discuss your next wheelchair and whether a custom made wheelchair is for you – we’d love help.