If you’re a wheelchair user, a standard model may have served you well for many years, and you have no reason to expect that it won’t continue to.
Power wheelchairs have come a long way since their introduction in the 1950s, when Canadian engineer George Klein designed a unit for quadriplegic World War II veterans. That was basically a manual wheelchair with a bulky battery on the back. Today, the wheelchair user has a range of choices, from folding portable to heavy duty.
Power chairs have a broad appeal, largely because of the convenience they provide. Requiring minimal effort, power chairs offer heightened mobility to users both indoors and out and are widely available in a variety of models, each with distinct features and advantages. A mid-wheel-drive power chair, for example, offers precise maneuverability.