How to Prepare for your Power Chair Trial

The process of choosing, trialling and deciding on your new power chair is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make. And the trial itself is probably the most crucial step in the process of finding a power chair that meets all your needs and wants. Here, we take you through the process, so you can get the most out of your trial.

Understanding the trial process

At Power Mobility, the trial process begins with an initial consultation with an experienced member of our sales team. This is an opportunity for you and your therapist to tell us about your lifestyle, your current chair’s limitations and advantages (assuming this isn’t your first chair), your seating set-up and what you want to achieve with your new chair. It’s a chance for you to find out more about our comprehensive range, and which power chair will be the best match for you.

How to prepare for your trial

We know that power wheelchair users spend most of their waking hours in their chair each day, so it’s important that you tell us exactly what you want from your new power chair, so this can be taken into consideration when setting it up for your trial.

The more prepared you are for your trial, the better. So here are some handy tips to get you started:

  • Make a note of any specific places you need to go, or obstacles you might have to contend with (like doorways or curbs)
  • Consider asking any attendants, carers or family members to be present during the trial to ensure the power chair and set-up will work for them too
  • Make a list of your goals and lifestyle needs, so you can decide whether the chair you’re trialling can help you do what you want, and go where you want.

Where will the trial take place?

The trial usually takes place in your own environment, so you can make sure it meets your needs for daily tasks and any challenges you might have. While the demonstration usually only takes a couple of hours, you can also request an extended trial.* This can be helpful if you feel you need to spend more time trialling the chair or having the set-up changed slightly, before you make your decision.

Accessories and customisation

Our sales consultant will also discuss suitable accessories and customisations that will help you get where you need to go and do what you want to do. Power Mobility has dedicated customisation specialists with more than 30 years experience, so we can tailor your chair to suit your specific needs.

Preparing your quote

Following the trial, we will provide you or your therapist with a quote for your power chair. And if you have any other questions that you didn’t think of during the trial, we’re happy to answer them for you. We’re also available to give you a hand with any funding questions you may have. If you’d like to find out more about NDIS funding, check out our step-by-step guide here.

Book your free trial today!

If you’re interested in a free power chair trial, please contact the friendly team at Power Mobility. We have an extensive range of power chairs including trusted brands such as Magic MobilityQuantumPride, and Ottobock.

We also have a comprehensive range of other mobility equipment including manual chairsscooterslift chairs, plus much more. Drop into our huge showroom at Geebung or call us on 07 3265 4663 to find the best solution for your mobility needs.

*Subject to availability.