I remember feeling liberated when I first tried my power assist wheels on my manual wheelchair. I had met with many wheelchair consultants over the years but no one had ever mentioned power assisted wheels until I met a physical therapist 10 years later who thought they would be perfect for me.
The benefits are: They fit on your manual wheelchair so your chair is still collapsible which is nice if you are traveling in a car. Also, they offer considerable power while still giving you an opportunity to get some exercise by pushing your wheelchair. You just plug them in overnight and they are charged for the next day.
The drawback is that they are heavy and cost around $7000. Most insurance companies do approve them with a physician's recommendation.
If you need a little more than a regular manual chair offers but are not ready for a power chair you may want to consider looking into power assist wheels.
If you are interested, check out the following link (http://www.frankmobility.com/docs/EMOTION%2520Brochure.pdf). These are the wheels that I have and I really like them. -- Limitless Lizzie
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