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Manual Wheelchair Buyer Guide

How to choose a new wheelchair?

No! It’s not that simple. A wheelchair is much more than "looks." There are as many differences in wheelchairs just like any other consumer products. Wheelchairs have strong differences in how they feel, how they fit, how they respond and what they enable us to do.

People who use wheelchairs vary in; Age, gender, body type, diagnosis, activities they want to do and places they will use their wheelchair. Because people, their abilities and their needs are so different there are many possible combinations between people and mobility equipment.

Selecting the right wheelchair needs having a good strategy and research when you are looking for a specific type of wheelchair.

Think twice if: You’re not sure which type you need – it’s important to get the right one.

Standard Wheelchairs

Standard wheelchairs are the most commonly used type of wheelchair, if you’re searching for a standard wheelchair with a durable frame and long-lasting support.

  • Weight Capacity – 500 lbs. or above
  • Wheelchair weight – 40 – 90 lbs.
  • Seat Width – Upto 31"
  • Arm Option – Detachable/ Permanent Arms
  • Footrest Option – Elevated/Permanent/swing away legrest
  • Seat Depth– Upto 24”

Lightweight Wheelchair

Ranging from 29-34 lbs., a lightweight wheelchair covers a wide range of conditional needs and lifestyle options.

  • Weight Capacity – Up to 350 lbs.
  • Wheelchair weight – 14.5 – 40 lbs.
  • Seat Width – Upto 23”
  • Arm Option – Detachable/ Permanent Arms
  • Footrest Option – Elevated/Permanent/swing away leg rest
  • Seat Depth – Upto 20”

Transport Wheelchair

Transport foldable wheelchairs are a perfect lightweight portable frame. Chairs weigh between 18-29 lbs., and most also feature swing-leg rests, and fixed armrests and side panels.

  • Weight Capacity – Upto 450 lbs.
  • Wheelchair weight – 17 – 50 lbs.
  • Seat Width – Upto 27”
  • Arm Option – Detachable/ Permanent Arms
  • Footrest Option – Adjustable/Permanent/swing away leg rest
  • Seat Depth –Upto 20”

Ultra-Lightweight Wheelchair

Ultra lightweight wheelchair series is a great choice when you need a wheelchair that is lightweight, foldable, and durable.

  • Weight Capacity – Upto 350 lbs.
  • Wheelchair weight – 14 – 30 lbs.
  • Seat Width – Upto 23”
  • Arm Option – Detachable/ Permanent Arms
  • Footrest Option – Elevated/Permanent/swing away leg rest
  • Seat Depth – Upto 24”
  • Frame type – Folding/Rigid

Reclining Wheelchairs

These wheelchairs allow a user to recline at incremental angles safely and comfortably. Some chairs has Elevating Leg Rests, on others they are optional.

  • Weight Capacity – 500 lbs. or above
  • Wheelchair weight – 40 – 60 lbs.
  • Seat Width – Upto 31”
  • Arm Option – Detachable/ Permanent Arms
  • Footrest Option – Elevated /swing away leg rest
  • Seat Depth – Upto 24”

Tilt Wheelchairs

Tilting Wheelchairs prevent serious health issues like pressure sores by allowing the wheelchair user to tilt their seat position to a more comfortable setting.

  • Weight capacity – Up to 350 lbs
  • Wheelchair weight – 40 – 60 lbs.
  • Seat Width – Upto 35”
  • Arm Option - Detachable/ Permanent Arms
  • Footrest Option – Adjustable
  • Seat Depth – Upto 24”

Geri Chairs

Geri chairs or recliners for home are customizable, and helps reducing pressure. Reclining chairs are prefect for relaxing activities at home.

  • Weight Capacity – Upto 500 lbs.
  • Wheelchair weight – Upto 86 Lbs.

Standing Wheelchairs

It is similar to standing frame, which allows a wheelchair user to raise the chair from a seated to a standing position. This category should involve your doctor before purchase.

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