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What You Need To Know About Standing Electric Wheelchairs

Standing wheelchairs are admittedly not as mainstream as their seated counterparts, but their role cannot be overlooked. In a constantly evolving world, standing electric wheelchairs stand tall (quite literally) as game changers for newfound autonomy.

What are they, and why do you need them? Here's everything you need to know about standing electric wheelchairs.

What Are Standing Electric Wheelchairs?

These revolutionary mobility devices are designed to allow users to be in an upright posture while remaining seated in their wheelchairs. They raise you from a lying down or seated position to a standing one.

The wheelchair elevates you gradually to a standing position to ensure stability and safety. 

Here's a list of people who will find them useful:

  • Seniors with mobility limitations.
  • People with multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Individuals with spinal cord injuries
  • Those with cerebral palsy.
  • People with orthopedic conditions.

The suitability of these wheelchairs will vary with individuals and needs. It's, therefore, important to consult with a healthcare professional before getting one.

Benefits Of Using A Standing Electric Wheelchair

Like electric wheelchairs, a standing electric wheelchair comes with a wide range of benefits, not just mobility-wise but also in terms of psychological well-being, physical health, and overall quality of life. 

Here are some key benefits of using a standing electric wheelchair.

Enhances Mobility and Independence

A standing electric wheelchair is the best solution when you want to grab the cookie jar from the top shelf without asking for help.

It increases your reach and allows you to access objects at different heights. This improves your ability to perform daily tasks more independently. 

It also allows you to navigate through different terrains effortlessly. Terrains that would have otherwise been challenging from a seated position.

Improves Health and Well-being

A standing wheelchair will help strengthen and maintain back, legs, and core muscles. The weight your legs bear while standing helps improve bone density and reduces the risk of osteoporosis.

Additionally, standing aids in digestion and bowel function and promotes better blood circulation. Who needs a gym membership when you can have a standing electric wheelchair?

Psychological Benefits

Thanks to your standing electric wheelchair, you'll be too busy enjoying life to remember your problems. Standing and engaging with the world leads to reduced feelings of isolation, increased confidence, and improved mental well-being.

Actively participating in events and activities reduces your depression and anxiety levels. It allows you to lead a more fulfilling life.

Increases Safety

The only time you'll fall is for the tasty treat on the top shelf. You are strapped safely in a standing electric wheelchair. This reduces the risk of falling while getting elevated. 

Improves Quality Of Life

Ultimately, standing electric wheelchairs take your life to new heights, both literally and metaphorically. They improve your quality of life, and you enjoy life with a view from the top.

Best Standing Electric Wheelchairs

Consider these two best standing electric wheelchairs. 

Karman Healthcare XO-505 Standing Electric Wheelchair

Seat Width: 18 inches.

Seat Depth: 18/19/20 inch.

Dimensions: Inches. 56.5× 45× 28 (L×W×H)

Turning Radius: 25 degrees

Range: 25 Miles

Ground Clearance: 2 inches

Weight Capacity: 250 Lbs – 300 Lbs

Product Weight: 50 Lbs Or More

Armrest Type Flip Back

For a top-of-the-line standing electric wheelchair that can do it all, the Karman Healthcare XO-505 Standing Electric Wheelchair doesn't get the credit it deserves. Karman is a legendary name in the industry, popular for its top-tier quality products.

Its XO-505 wheelchair comes with power reclining, a full sit-to-stand power function, elevating leg rest, and a mid-wheel drive, among other numerous features.

It has both front and rear wheels that create the needed balance for users when engaging on rough terrains. It is perfect for outdoor and indoor use.

Karman Healthcare Full XO202 Standing Electric Wheelchair

Seat Width: 14, 16, 18 inch.

Seat Depth: 18/19/20 inch.

Dimensions: Inches. 42× 25× 40 (L×W×H)

Turning Radius: 25 degrees

Range: 25 Miles

Ground Clearance: 2 inches

Weight Capacity: 250 Lbs

Product Weight: 50 Lbs Or More

Armrest Type Flip Back

A close cousin to the XO-505, the Karman Healthcare Full XO202 Standing Electric Wheelchair is another incredible option.

We love how surprisingly comfortable it is, thanks to its memory foam padding in the seat. You won't incur any issues or discomfort sitting on it all day. The chair has a 25-mile range and runs on 2 12V batteries.

How to Choose the Best Standing Electric Wheelchair

Here are a few things to keep in mind when purchasing your standing electric wheelchair. These factors will help you make a better and more informed decision.

Assess Your Needs

Before anything else, first, assess your needs. 

How and where do you plan on using the wheelchair? Do you need it primarily for outdoor or indoor use? Will you navigate rough surfaces? Consider your hobbies, activities, and daily routine. How will the wheelchair fit into your lifestyle? 

Consult with your occupational therapist or healthcare professional to assess your medical needs. They will help identify any special features you will require from your standing electric wheelchair.

Safety Features

Prioritize safety. Always.

While standing electric wheelchairs are designed to increase users' mobility and independence, they must also ensure their well-being. Here are a few safety features to look out for.

  • Anti-tip mechanism: This prevents the wheelchair from tipping over as it transitions from sitting to standing. It's an essential feature that reduces the risk of accidents and enhances stability.
  • Safety belt or harness: This secures you in the wheelchair and ensures you remain safely in place while in motion or during position changes.
  • Stability Controls: These controls help maintain your balance when sitting, moving, or standing. They include algorithms and sensors that adjust your wheelchair's position to prevent slips and falls.
  • Emergency Stop Button: Another important safety feature. This halts the wheelchair immediately during emergencies and unexpected situations.
  • Battery Management: A reliable power and battery management system ensures your wheelchair has the power to return safely to a seated position. This prevents abrupt shutdowns when standing.

These features are essential in preventing accidents and ensuring your safety. Remember to follow the manual's guidelines and instructions to maximize your safety while using your standing electric wheelchair.


Customization allows you to tailor your wheelchair to your specific needs and preferences. It enhances functionality, comfort, and the overall user experience. 

Some customization options in standing electric wheelchairs include:

  • Seating Configuration: You can adjust your wheelchair's seating configuration to accommodate comfort preferences and different body types. Settle for models that will allow you to customize the seat height, depth, and width to ensure proper fit.
  • Cushions and Backrests: Ensure the seat's backrest and cushion provide the desired level of comfort and support. The level of cushion thickness and materials will vary with models.
  • Leg and Armests: Your wheelchair should also allow you to customize the leg rests. This ensures the lower limbs are positioned properly for adequate support and comfort. Similarly, the armrest should be adjustable regarding width, height, and angle.
  • Add-Ons and Accessories: There are lots of mobility accessories that will enhance your experience. You should be able to mount accessories such as oxygen tank holders, trays, and cup holders to accommodate your needs.
  • Remember, customization doesn't have to be a one-time adjustment. It may as well be an ongoing process with changes in your needs. Work closely with your healthcare provider to assist you with this.

Funding and Insurance

Mobility equipment can be quite expensive. You must, therefore, set a budget range for a standing electric wheelchair. Having a clear budget in place helps narrow down your options.

At Mobility Paradise, we've partnered with Bread Pay and developed the Pay Over Time Program. You can now pay for your mobility device over time in smaller installments instead of one lump sum amount.

Tips For Using and Maintaining Your Standing Electric Wheelchair

Like any machine, you must take good care of your standing electric wheelchair if it's to serve you optimally and for a long time. Here are a few tips to help you achieve this:

  • Clean your wheelchair regularly to prevent the accumulation of dirt and debris. Pay attention to the seating, control interface, and moving parts.
  • Likewise, maintain the tires for optimal performance. Inflate them to the required pressure levels and inspect for signs of wear and tear. Replace them whenever necessary.
  • Inspect the brakes regularly to confirm they are operating properly. You can check the wheelchair's manual for guidance on brake maintenance.
  • Lubricate the moving parts, such as hinges and joints, to prevent friction and maintain a smooth operation.
  • When not in use, store your standing electric wheelchair in a safe, dry area away from moisture, extreme temperatures, and potential damage.
  • Charge the battery as per the manufacturer's instructions. Avoid complete discharges if possible.
  • Make sure the electrical components are free and secure from damage. Contact your supplier or a technician for repair.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How Do Standing Electric Wheelchairs Work?

These motorized mobility equipment are designed with a lifting mechanism that transitions users from a seated or lying position to a standing one. They elevate you and allow you to interact with your environment while maintaining your support and stability.

Are Standing Electric Wheelchairs Customizable?

Yes, you can customize your standing electric wheelchair to meet your unique needs and preferences. Customization includes adjusting the seat's leg rest and adding accessories such as trays and cup holders.

Who Needs a Standing Wheelchair

A list of people who will best benefit from standing wheelchairs include:

  • Seniors with mobility limitations.
  • People with multiple sclerosis (MS)
  • Individuals with spinal cord injuries
  • Those with cerebral palsy.
  • People with orthopedic conditions.

Standing electric wheelchairs are a remarkable technology that offers users many physical and health benefits. Consider our guide whenever you're looking to get one and are in a predicament of any sort.

Check out our collection of standing electric wheelchairs and choose one that suits your needs and preferences. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions or inquiries. Our team is ready to help you with your mobility journey. 

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