Environmental Assessments for Power Wheelchair Use:

 Terrain: Assess the landscape where the power wheelchair will be used, including sidewalks, curbs, ramps, and any obstacles that may impede movement.

Weather Conditions:

Consider the weather conditions where the power wheelchairs will be used. For example, rain, snow, ice, or extreme temperatures may affect the performance of the power wheelchair.


Assess the lighting conditions where the electric power wheelchairs will be used. Adequate lighting is essential for the safe use of an electric wheelchair.

Indoor or Outdoor Use:

Determine if the power wheelchair will be used primarily indoors or outdoors. Some power wheelchairs are designed for indoor use only, while others are designed for outdoor use.


Determine if the areas where the power wheelchair will be used are accessible. This includes doorways, hallways, elevators, and any other places the power wheelchair will need to maneuver.

Weight Capacity of the power wheelchair:

Determine if the power wheelchair can accommodate the user's weight and any additional equipment or accessories that may be needed.


Assess the maintenance requirements of the power wheelchair. Regular maintenance is necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the power wheelchair.


Determine if the power wheelchair can be transported easily. This includes considerations such as weight, size, and how it can be transported, such as by car or public transportation.

Emergency Preparedness:

Establish a plan for emergency preparedness, including safely evacuating the user from the power wheelchair in an emergency.

By conducting an environmental assessment before using a power wheelchair, users can ensure they use the wheelchair safely and efficiently. This assessment should be performed regularly to account for changes in the environment or the user's needs.

Why Conduct an Environmental Assessment for Power Mobility Devices?

As people age or face physical limitations, independently performing daily mobility activities can become challenging. In such cases, a mobility examination with a doctor can help determine the appropriate mobility device to acquire, including power mobility devices.

Power mobility devices, such as power wheelchairs and scooters, enable individuals to complete daily activities while conserving energy and

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reducing fatigue. However, before using these devices, an environmental assessment is necessary.

When Should You Consider Using a Power Mobility Device?

Several factors determine whether using a power mobility device is necessary. Patients with balance-related issues or muscle weakness that lead to near-falls should consider using mobility aids. Power mobility devices can compensate for these functional limitations, making it easier to perform daily activities independently.

Is Your Home Environment Accessible for Mobility Devices?

Before acquiring a power mobility device, ensure that your home environment is suitable for using

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such equipment. Talk to your physician to understand whether you can easily use a mobility device at home, especially if you have stairs or uneven surfaces.

How Do You Choose the Right Mobility Device?

Consulting with a physical or occupational therapist can help identify

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problem areas and determine the appropriate mobility device. Power scooters and power wheelchairs are the most popular options, but

choosing the right one depends on the patient's functional status, home environment, and transportation availability.

What Are Power Scooters and Power Wheelchairs?

Power scooters are 3 to 4-wheeled devices requiring good upper-body

control and strength. Power wheelchairs, on the other