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Wheelchair Buying Guide

 

All wheelchairs:

  • Fold and will fit into a car
  • Have removable legrests
  • Come delivered fully assembled

Transport Wheelchairs

Defined by
  • Smaller wheels
  • Pushed by companion
  • Lighter weight
  • Easier compatibility
Ideal use
  • Traveling
  • Going to the mall
  • Doctor appointments
  • Short trips

Seat size

Transport chairs come in 4 sizes to accommodate your weight.

Chair weight

The lighter your chair the easier it will be to lift, carry and put into a car. Transport chairs come in 4 weight categories.

Wheels

Wheels: All transport chairs come with "flat free" rubber tires. There are no more worrying about getting a flat or filling up you tires with air.
Wheel size: Transport chairs tires come in 3 sizes: 7" and less, 8" and 12". The smaller wheel sizes usually come with the more comparable chairs. Some of our customers like the larger 12" for extra stability.

Wheels

All wheelchairs come with a 1½” fabric or vinyl seat. To make you chair comfortable, or if you sit in your wheelchair more then 2 hours daily, we recommend you invest in a cushion.

Wheelchair Cushions

  • There are 3 types of cushions
  • Comfort cushions: Foam or gel cushions, for comfort
  • Positioning cushions: Contoured cushions allowing the user correct posture
  • Preventative cushions: gel or air cushions helping the user prevent bed sores
  • See our Back Cushions for back comfort and posture

Standard Wheelchairs

Defined by
  • Large rear wheel
  • Pushed by user or companion
  • Folds into car
Ideal use
  • Indoor & outdoor
  • Up to heavy use
  • Short or long term

Seat size

Standard wheelchair seats size offer different width sizes to accommodate your weight.

Chair weight

The lighter your chair the easier it will be to lift, carry and put into a car. Wheelchairs come in these weight categories. (note: the lighter the chair the more it cost)

Seat Height

The standard seat height is 20-21" off the ground. This will work if you are over 5' tall. If you are shorter than 5' you may have a hard time exiting the wheelchair and a shorter seat height will be necessary.

Leg Rest

There are 2 types of foot rests. Swingaway removable and elevating removable which allow you to raise your legs 90 degrees.

Note: all leg rests swing away and REMOVE. All chairs come standard with swingaway removable footrests and are included in the price.

If you need elevating leg rests you can order them for an extra charge when you customize your order.

Armrests

Armrest provide arm and shoulder support. There are 3 types of armrests.
A. Full Length (15") that run the full length of the seat and the shorter desk length (11") which will allow you to get closer to the table or desk.
B. Height adjustable standard arm rest height is ? some models will allow you to adjust the height.
C. Removable/flip-back arms. You may benefit from removable or flip back arm for easier transfer in and out of the chair.

Comfort

All wheelchairs come with a 1½” fabric or vinyl seat. To make you chair comfortable, or if you sit in your wheelchair more then 2 hours daily, we recommend you invest in a cushion. There are 3 types of cushions Comfort cushions: Foam or gel cushions, for comfort Positioning cushions: Contoured cushions allowing the user correct posture Preventative cushions: gel or air cushions helping the user prevent bed sores
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