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Wheelchairs can be heavy devices to push around so in response to this, transport wheelchairs were devised to allow for portability and accessibility through all those tight spaces in daily life.
Otherwise known as a ‘transfer chair, transport wheelchairs are designed for someone else to push you around when you’re travelling from one place to another. Not everyone is capable of ‘self-propelling’ or moving themselves around in a wheelchair due to physical weakness or mental incapacity. As such, most of these wheelchairs weigh less than 15 lbs, making sure that your attendant or an orderly has an easier time pushing either your loved one or yourself around at the mall, hospital or any other locale next time you’re out. As a result of their effective and practical designs, transport chairs are sometimes more expensive than your regular wheelchair alternative. But this pales in comparison to the latest electric wheelchair designs and the expensive maintenance and repair bills that will inevitably follow their use.
You can identify an effective transport wheelchair by the following characteristics;
On average, transport wheelchairs sport 8-10 inch front wheels and 12 – 15 inch rear wheels. Obviously, while the wheels themselves are smaller, the rationale is that your attendant is pushing those wheels for you whereas a self-propelled wheelchair (averaging 23 – 25 inches) would require your own arm strength to move yourself over the same distance. The wheels themselves are usually comprised of rubber or plastic and are generally considered puncture proof – the last thing you’d want is a flat or blown wheel when you’re being pushed around town.
My favourite aspect of a transport wheelchair is how they are all manufactured with a foldable design. Often, the transport wheelchair can be folded in half after adjusting or removing the leg rests. In this configuration, you can easily place it in the boot or against the wall when the wheelchair is not in use. While most other wheelchairs incorporate a foldable design, the transport wheelchair further benefits from its often lightweight manufacture.
Transport wheelchairs are categorised as lightweight and the chairs themselves usually weigh under 20 lbs. However, due to their supportive care nature, the patient weight that these convenient chairs can support ranges from 250 – 350 lbs. Even the heaviest of users can sit comfortably and feel assured that their wheelchair won’t buckle over so easily.
While there have been reports that lightweight transport wheelchairs can be more expensive, there is little difference between these wheelchairs and the self-propelled ranges that are also readily available.
The price gap however obviously grows considerably larger when we take in to account the use of electric wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
Transport wheelchairs are ultimately for users who are clever (or fortunate) enough to have someone else do the dirty work of pushing for them. It’s either that or you may require temporarily at a hospital or other health facility before eventually leaving the premises. The smaller wheels and portable designs allow for manoeuvring through tight spaces and added control over all types of terrain.
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