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The power base is what makes a power wheelchair go, but a power chair’s powered seating is what makes the end user truly functional upon arrival. And today’s powered positioning systems do a better job of that than ever before.
New generations of power chair designs have made positioning more precise, more nuanced and more functional, as well as more complex. Not so long ago, powered positioning meant tilt or recline. Today, there is not just tilt, but posterior tilt, lateral tilt and anterior tilt options. Legrests don’t just elevate; many can now articulate, so that they get shorter or longer as needed. Seat elevation no longer needs to happen only when the power chair is stationary; many power chairs can now be driven while the user is at an elevated height. And recline is often accompanied by shear reduction to reduce the risk of injury to skin and underlying tissues.
From standing to rising to tilting forward, laterally and backward, powered positioning advances are making it possible to adapt more precisely to every power wheelchair user’s needs, goals, tasks and environments. And to optimally support its user, many power chairs offer power positioning options that can be used in combination with each other. Check out the powered positioning options here to see what’s new.