Standing powered wheelchairs offer a wide range of health, social and practical benefits. We offer a small range of standing powered wheelchairs for hire and purchase.
Benefits Of Standing
Standing is associated with a number of health benefits, as detailed below:
- Enhanced pressure relief, particularly for those with limited ability to shift their weight independently, or who have to sit for long periods of time.
- Improved function and reach, increasing the ability to interact with your environment.
- Lessened risk of contractures, as a result of an improved range of motion.
- Vital organ capacity supported, including bowel and bladder function, as well as improved circulation.
- Deeper respiration, through decreasing the pressure of the abdominal cavity on the lungs. This can also help reduce the risk of pneumonia.
- Bone health promoted, reducing the occurrence of osteoporosis and skeletal deformities, by facilitating a natural spinal position.
- Reduction in muscular atrophy and spasticity, the latter supporting a more peaceful sleep.
However, the benefits are not limited to just health ones, and people use standing wheelchairs for a whole range of reasons. The additional function and reach having practical uses too, while being at eye level enhances social interactions.
Standing functions on wheelchairs are advanced pieces of engineering, and thus standing powered wheelchairs are not cheap, usually costing in the region of £15,000 - £20,000. However, unlike other configurable powerchairs, they tend to be relatively "fully loaded" with extras, including tilt, recline, powerful motors, large batteries, and advanced seating. This means that for most people they will rarely cost much about the base price - unlike other configurable powerchairs where you can end up spending an extra £5,000 or more above the base price on options alone.
Our Standing Powerchairs
We currently offer two models of standing powerchairs:
The Quickie Jive Up was released in late 2015. It builds on the success of the market-leading Jive M mid-wheel drive base. With powerful 4-pole motors, an 8 mph top speed and Spider-Trac suspension, it excels outside, while mid-wheel drive makes it manoeuvrable indoors.
The advanced R-Net controlled allows you to move to five pre-defined positions at the touch of a button. These positions include Stand-Up - with all the associated benefits of standing, Transfer - for easy transfer into and out of the seat, Relax - with recline, tilt and legs elevated, Lie-Down - a horizontal lying down position, and Sitting - the standard drive position. Each of these can be adjusted to your own particular needs, allowing the Jive Up to change with you.
The full JAY range of cushions and backrests can be fitted to the Jive Up, making it the ideal standing wheelchair for those with advanced postural or clinical seating needs.
Starting at £15,550 to purchase, or £115 per week on a three year hire, the Jive Up is the wheelchair to go for if you are looking for a standing powerchair that can be used both indoors and out, and which has advanced seating options.
The Chasswheel Four X DL is an outdoor only powerchair. Finnish-made, it features unique four-wheel drive, making it the most powerful all-terrain powerchair available. While the basic model only features powered tilt, a standing version is available.
The Four X can tackle steep slopes - even in the rain - sandy beaches, and rough ground like forest tracks. Chunky tyres, all-wheel suspension and shock absorption provide a smooth and stable ride at a top speed of 6 mph, and for as far as 25 miles on a single charge.
While not featuring the level of seating options found on the Jive Up, the Four X DL nonetheless has the choice of the standard or Recaro seat in a range of sizes, with a selection of headrests and armrests able to be fitted.
The standing version of the Four X DL starts at £19,742 to purchase. If you are looking to use your standing powerchair outdoors only, want an all-terrain vehicle, and don't have advanced clinical seating needs, it is the ideal choice.
Both of these are available for both purchase and long term hire agreements of one or three years. We are able to offer specialist demonstrations of both models, should you wish to see the benefits of standing for yourself. For further information, please contact us to speak to one of our product specialists.