A wheelchair is a mobility device used for by people for whom walking is painfully difficult or impossible, due to illness or disability. It typically be made up of a seat sustained on two large wheels on an axle attached towards the back of the seat. There are two smaller wheels near the footrest or leg rest.
Manuel chairs are nonelectric and are self -propelled or can be pushed by a caregiver. Classifications of manual wheelchairs are primarily determined by their weight, weight capacity and intended purpose. Examples of wheelchair classifications are heavy duty, standard, lightweight and ultra-lightweight. A standard manual chair; weighs more than 36 pounds, cannot accept customized or specialized seating or positioning and has a weight capacity of 250 pounds or less. A heavy-duty wheelchair is defined as a manual wheelchair that has a weight capacity greater than 250 pounds.
Choosing a Wheelchair
Choosing the correct manual wheelchair is easier when you can answer a few basic questions.
- Is the wheelchair being purchased by an individual or for a medical related institution?
- Will the wheelchair be used as the primary method of mobility?
- If the chair is only used as a secondary method of mobility approximately how many hours per day will the chair be in use?
- What is the height and weight of the intended user?
- Where will the chair be used for a majority of time? Indoors/outdoors
- What surfaces and grades that the chair will need to maneuver on?
If you can answer these questions, you are easily on your way to a successful wheelchair purchase from Activeforever.com!
Best Selling Manual / Self-propelled wheel Chairs
Invacare Tracer SX5 Wheelchair is the affordable option for those looking for durable, low maintenance manual wheelchair. The frame weighs only 34 lbs and features 14-Gauge crossbraces that add strength and durability. The wheelchair"s frame is made with carbon steel for a durable, long lasting wheelchair. The Invacare Tracer is a low-maintenance, high quality wheelchair that will last years to come.
The Karman Healthcare Standard Reclining Wheelchair is a sturdy mobility aid that provides users with enhanced independence while also allowing for superior positioning, comfort and 180° reclining back. This folding wheelchair is easy to store or transport so patients can reap their benefits no matter where they are. If you want a long-lasting wheelchair that can boost users" independence, spirit and comfort buy the Karman Healthcare Standard Reclining Wheelchair from ActiveForever.com today!
The Karman Healthcare Heavy-Duty Wheelchair is a sturdy and highly supportive manual wheelchair that allows heavier users to experience increased mobility, freedom and comfort. The long-lasting steel frame and stable design support up to 400 pounds. If you want a foldable wheelchair that can transport larger users comfortably and safely, buy the Karman Healthcare Heavy-Duty Wheelchair from ActiveForever.com today!
Lightweight wheelchairs are in big demand because they are light, can be foldable, easy to store and transport. With weights ranging from 28-34 pounds, a lightweight wheelchair is a great choice when you need a wheelchair that will be used more frequently. Just like the standard manual wheelchair chairs their Lightweight counterparts have popular options to consider including adjustable back, various frame colors, pneumatic tires, a range of seating sizes and heights, and multiple legrests and armrest choices. Lightweight heavy-duty wheelchairs can be found that can hold 600 pounds or more and the chair can still weigh less than 30 pounds. These chairs are usually made with light weight metals like titanium and composite graphics.
Best Selling Lightweight wheelchairs
Drive Manual Lightweight Wheelchair This lightweight wheelchair is made of an aluminum frame with a steel base tube and a double aluminum cross bar. It features a flip-back desk armrest and swing-away footrests. This durable yet lightweight wheelchair folds down for easy transport and will fit in back seat of most cars.
The Karman Healthcare Ultra Lightweight Ergonomic Wheelchair was created to provide individuals with a new sense of independence and comfort. Compact, safe and easy to maneuver, this one-of-a-kind wheelchair is equipped with the unique S-Ergo (Smart Ergo) S-shaped seat. The Karman Healthcare Ultra Lightweight Ergonomic Wheelchair features wide arm pads for extra support, folding back rest, detachable swing-away footrests, and a Tube-in Center foot-plate that provides extra support for the leg muscles.
The Karman LT-980 Ultra Lightweight Wheelchair is an easily transportable manual wheelchair that minimizes fatigue so you or your caregiver will have more energy throughout the day. Ideal for indoor or outdoor use, this lightweight wheelchair weighs only 25 pounds without the detachable footrests making it easy to get in and out of a vehicle. If you want a light mobility aid that is easy to drive, transport and store, buy the Karman LT-980 Ultra Lightweight Wheelchair from ActiveForever.com today!
If you have any questions about choosing the right chair, please give our mobility aid specialists a call