The joystick controller helps to simplify the use of motorized wheelchairs for many mobility impaired people.
Electronic Controls for Power Wheelchairs
Power chairs are operated through easy-to-use electronic controls. Hoveround's joystick controllers are easily adjusted to suit the specific driving needs of each individual user.
In general, the power chair controller:
- turns the power wheelchair motor on and off
- displays battery strength with an indicator light
- controls the mobility chair's direction, speed and braking1
- houses the power chair's charging port
- operates the horn
Joystick controllers make independent power chair operation much easier for mobility impaired individuals. With this innovative technology, many people are able to keep doing many of the things they've always enjoyed, without requiring the constant assistance of another person.
Options in Power Chair Joystick Controllers
The conventional power wheelchair joystick mounts onto the end of the power chair armrest. A joystick is one of the most frequently-used control devices.2 However, not everyone who uses a power chair can comfortably use a standard joystick. For those individuals, Hoveround offers an attachable round ball knob accessory for the electric wheelchair controller.
The yellow ball joystick knob is spongy and soft to the touch. A physician may prescribe a ball knob as part of the power wheelchair order to aid patients who have limited range of motion in their hands. The ball knob is easy to attach and easy to detach, making it even more convenient and simple to use.
Call us today at 800-542-7236 and find out how to get one of these comfortable and easy-to-use yellow ball attachments.
Up Next in Basic Power Wheelchair Parts: The Power Chair Motor
This article is for informational and educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice.
1Hoveround power wheelchairs also come equipped with manual braking and release levers. The chairs can then be pushed by an individual, such as a caregiver, without using battery power.
2Other controller options may include straight bar gimbal, trackball, small ball, sip & puff, voice or head-chin activated and other alternative input devices to accommodate a range of user limitations.