Question: My stepfather lost both of his legs ten days ago. What is the best wheelchair for his needs? The chair has to be able to move around freely in the house, to go through 30 inches door ways and especially has to be able to let him slide off the chair on one side to go to the toilet. ~Mike
Answer: There are many types of wheelchairs on the market and you may have to get some help deciding which type will serve your stepfather the best. There are various things you need to take into consideration when looking for a wheelchair such as the person's age, gender, weight, size, as well as any other physical specifications such as endurance level, missing limbs and body limitations. The best thing for you to do would be to get the advice of a qualified professional, as you may also need to purchase various wheelchair accessories. You could visit a rehabilitation clinic, doctor, therapist or mobility consultant. You can also visit our wheelchair shopping page on this site to help you out further. Make sure your stepfather is comfortable in his wheelchair and is properly trained in its use.