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The decision whether to get a wheelchair for the first time is generally accompanied by emotional overlays such as the feeling that sitting in a wheel chair is giving in. However, the decision whether to use a chair is simply about the decision whether to use technology to increase your mobility and freedom.

In addition to considering the type of chair you will need, give some consideration to the options and choices that are available and which may be important to you. It can help to use a team of people to assist in making the decision.

To get an idea how a chair you are considering will work for you, look for a dealer who will lend or rent you a demo. If you can't find such a dealer in your area, perhaps a local disease specific nonprofit organization has or knows of a chair that isn't being used that you could borrow.

Health insurance generally pays for wheelchairs. Proof of necessity to accomplish activities of daily living is generally required for an insurer to pay for an electric wheelchair.

If money is a problem, free or low cost chairs are available.

NOTE: If the doorways where you live are too small for a wheelchair, consider installing offset door hinges. They can add an extra few inches to the doorway.

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