Custom power wheelchairs have a standard joystick at the end of one armrest. By moving the joystick (or an alternate control), you can drive your chair, tilt and recline, operate your power leg rests, change TV channels, answer your phone, text, browse the Internet, and more.
Every wheelchair model will have different display screens and menu options. Your assistive technology professional (ATP) will show you how to operate yours.
Today’s custom power wheelchairs come equipped with Bluetooth technology, which connects your chair wirelessly with other devices such as smartphones, smart TVs, tablets, computers, home systems (alarm, thermostat, front door, etc.), and more. This means that—with just your joystick or alternate control—you can accomplish tasks, access entertainment, stay connected to the larger world, and be in close touch with your loved ones.
If you are unsure how to use Bluetooth, or how to connect your wheelchair with external devices (also called pairing), ask a friend or family member to help. Bluetooth has become very common and is easy to use once you initially connect your devices.