If you’ve ever needed to find comfortable wheelchairs for the elderly in your life, or you yourself stand to benefit from a chair that provides long term sitting comfort, you may have found the process a little daunting at first. Wheelchairs are no longer uniformly designed, so yours, mine, and the neighbor’s may not be the same make and model.
There are tons of different options in today’s market when it comes to high-quality seating for those in our life who need it. If you’ve ever looked at these devices for a friend, loved one, or yourself, you’ll have no doubt heard about tilt-in-space wheelchairs, reclining wheelchairs, geriatric chairs, and other accessories designed to help those with mobility challenges.
Even if you’re not in direct need of one of these chairs, studies currently indicate that by 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons living in the United States, more than twice their number in 2013. That’s a rate of two million new wheelchair users every year! Over 6,100 of us turn 65 every single day in America, so it can’t hurt to know a little bit about one of the markets that will be supporting us the most!
So, one question you probably ended up having when comparing tilt versus recline wheelchairs was, “what do these things do, exactly?”
No worries! We’ve put together a short comparison to help introduce you to the differences of each chair that might help you make the decision one day.
RECLINING WHEELCHAIR – a reclining chair is useful for a lot of things. For one, they’re more user-friendly than tilt-in-space chairs and allow for reclining, stretching of the legs, and comfortable napping. These chairs are great for when you require mobility, but you also crave the ability to perform some of your normal daily functions. You’ll often see these chairs come with trays for eating, working, etc.
TILT-IN-SPACE WHEELCHAIR – it may sound complicated, but it’s not at all. A chair like this allows a caretaker to adjust the entire seat’s orientation so the chair user’s knees, elbows, and other joints remain in the same position, but are tilted for ease of use. Their body position remains the same, but the whole chair tilts!
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