The thought of living with an ALS diagnosis may be overwhelming. When it comes to your mobility and quality of life, there are many things to consider. Power wheelchairs for those with ALS provide mobility and a better life quality by fully supporting medical needs, while ensuring a more active lifestyle.
Understanding an ALS Diagnosis
ALS is a neurodegenerative disease affecting nerve cells and motor neurons. Over time, the brain is unable to control affected muscle tissue. ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a progressive condition, with symptoms worsening over time. ALS symptoms may start out with muscle weakness and stiffness that worsens over time. As the disease progresses, patients begin to experience wasting and paralysis. In later stages, individuals lose muscle control over critical body systems.
Benefits of an ALS Wheelchair
To provide the best quality of life possible, Quantum® custom wheelchairs are designed to accept a full range of seating, positioning, and electronic components. The Edge 3 Stretto™ is an excellent ALS wheelchair. With a narrow overall width of 20.75 inches with 12.5-inch drive wheels, the Stretto offers a narrower footprint, ensuring greater access to all areas in the home. Equipped with independent SRS (Smooth Ride Suspension), the Stretto also delivers a smoother ride with increased shock absorption due to the angle of the shocks.
If you are looking for ALS wheelchairs with power elevated seating, the Edge 3 Stretto is the perfect solution. The Stretto is available with optional iLevel® technology, enabling ALS patients to elevate their custom wheelchair seat up to 12 inches. Power elevated seating provides greater access, reach and independence. Individuals can also drive at 3.5 mph while elevated. iLevel’s Extra Stability Technology® enhances safety during Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRADLs), such as grooming, toileting and transferring.
Custom Wheelchair Drive Controls
Due to the progressive nature of ALS, individuals may benefit from Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls, which is adaptable and expandable. Standard with Bluetooth® technology, Q-Logic 3 on Quantum custom wheelchairs allows users living with ALS to operate their tablets or smartphones using the controller. As symptoms progress, Q-Logic 3 can be adapted with alternate drive controls, such as a head array or switched driving, making it easier for ALS patients to maintain their independence.