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Tilt, Manual and Power Pediatric Wheelchairs

Pediatric wheelchairs are specially designed wheelchairs for children who have mobility impairments or disabilities that prevent them from walking or moving around easily. These wheelchairs are tailored to the unique needs of children, taking into consideration their size, growth, and developmental stages.

Here are some key points about pediatric wheelchairs:

  1. Size and Adjustability: Pediatric wheelchairs come in a range of sizes to accommodate children of different ages and sizes. They are typically adjustable to accommodate a child’s growth. This ensures that the wheelchair can be customized to the child’s specific needs as they grow.
  2. Lightweight and Maneuverable: Pediatric wheelchairs are designed to be lightweight and easy to maneuver. This allows children to move around more easily and with greater independence.
  3. Safety and Comfort: These wheelchairs are built with the safety and comfort of the child in mind. They often include features like padded seats, adjustable backrests, and footrests, as well as safety straps or harnesses to keep the child secure.
  4. Pediatric-Friendly Design: The design of pediatric wheelchairs is often child-friendly, with colorful and appealing designs, making the wheelchair less intimidating and more attractive for children. This can help reduce any negative stigmas associated with using a wheelchair.
  5. Customization: Many pediatric wheelchairs can be customized to meet a child’s specific needs. This can include options for different types of pediatric seating systems, pediatric headrests, pediatric armrests, and other accessories.
  6. Transportability: Some pediatric wheelchairs are designed to be easily transportable like our completely foldable Safari Tilt Wheelchair, making it more convenient for families to take their child’s wheelchair with them when traveling.
  7. Occupational and Physical Therapy: Pediatric wheelchairs are often prescribed and fitted by healthcare professionals, such as occupational and physical therapists, to ensure that the chair meets the child’s unique requirements.
  8. Funding and Insurance: Pediatric wheelchairs can be costly, but there are often funding options available through health insurance, Medicare, or other programs to help cover the cost.
  9. Maintenance: Regular maintenance is essential to keep pediatric wheelchairs in good working condition. This includes checking and adjusting the chair’s components, such as the wheels, brakes, and seating, to ensure safety and comfort. 

Pediatric Wheelchairs for Children that Adjust to Keep Your Child Safe and Mobile at All Ages and Sizes

It’s important to consult with your healthcare professional or occupational therapist who specializes in pediatrics to determine the most appropriate wheelchair for a child’s specific needs. The choice of a pediatric wheelchair can have a significant impact on a child’s quality of life and mobility, so it should be carefully considered and tailored to the child’s unique requirements.

Common Pediatric Wheelchair FAQ’s:

What is a pediatric wheelchair?

A pediatric wheelchair is a specially designed mobility device for children with mobility impairments or disabilities. It provides support and independence for children who have difficulty walking or moving on their own.

What are the key features of a pediatric wheelchair?

Key features of pediatric wheelchairs include adjustability to accommodate a child’s growth, lightweight design for easy maneuverability, safety and comfort features, pediatric-friendly design, customization options, and often transportability.

How do I choose the right pediatric wheelchair for my child?

The right pediatric wheelchair depends on your child’s specific needs, which can be determined by a healthcare professional or therapist. Consider factors like the child’s age, size, level of mobility, and individual requirements.

Are pediatric wheelchairs covered by insurance?

In some cases, pediatric wheelchairs may be covered by health insurance, Medicare, or other private insurance options. It’s essential to check with your insurance provider and consult with a healthcare professional to navigate the funding process.

Do pediatric wheelchairs come in different sizes?

Yes, pediatric wheelchairs are available in various sizes to accommodate children of different ages and growth stages. They can often be adjusted to grow with the child. If you need help choosing a pediatric wheelchair, contact us.

How do I maintain a pediatric wheelchair?

Regular maintenance is crucial. This includes checking and adjusting the wheelchair’s components like wheels, brakes, seating, and frame. It’s advisable to follow the manufacturer’s maintenance guidelines. You can always reach out to HME Home Health with any product questions you may have regarding your pediatric wheelchair.

What should I consider when traveling with a pediatric wheelchair?

Consider the wheelchair’s transportability, and ensure it is easily collapsible or disassembled for travel. You may also want to check with the airline or transportation provider for specific guidelines and accommodations. Some of HME Home Health’s pediatric wheelchairs are more portable than others. Ask us for more information!

How can I make the transition to a pediatric wheelchair easier for my child?

Introduce the wheelchair gradually, making it a positive and empowering experience. Encourage your child to practice using it with the guidance of a healthcare professional or therapist.