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Buying Guide

Wheelchair Buying Guide
How do you decide which wheelchair would be best for you? Manual Wheelchairs are propelled by the user and require significant upper body strength. There are many kinds of manual wheelchairs available in the market today, including lightweight chairs, commode wheelchairs, standing wheelchairs, heavy-duty wheelchairs, children's wheelchairs and specialty chairs. Manual Wheelchairs are quite easy to push, have unlimited range, are simpler to maneuver and transport, and usually cost much less than power wheelchairs.

Manual Wheelchairs should be purchased keeping in mind your physical ability, lifestyle and personal preferences, as well as factors such as the amount and type of terrain you will cover, whether you need to transport the chair in your car, and what your home and workplace are like.

Before you purchase any manual wheelchair, keep in mind to consult an Occupational or Physical Therapist. You can ask for suggestions on the type of manual wheelchair or particular features that can make it easier for you to carry out daily activities – at work or at home.

The basic questions to ask before buying a Manual Wheelchair are:
What size wheelchair do you need?
How much do you want to spend?
Where do you intend to use it?
Do you intend to transport it?
Is foldability a necessity?

Standard Wheelchairs
Standard Manual Wheelchairs are the most commonly used type of wheelchair, usually Standard Wheelchairs are propelled by the user and require significant upper body strength.

The Standard Wheelchair usually weighs over 15 Kg, have a seat width between 16 and 20 inches, and feature fixed or detachable armrests. Most are made with steel frames and can be an economical and consistent mobility choice. Almost all standard wheelchairs can support up to 100 kg.

Commode Wheelchairs
Commode Wheelchairs are equipped with commode option, which is having a removable commode pan. This wheelchair can be used as a normal standard wheelchair.

The Commode Wheelchair usually weighs over 17 Kg, have a seat width between 16 and 20 inches, and feature fixed or detachable armrests. Most are made with steel frames and can be an economical and consistent mobility choice. Almost all standard wheelchairs can support up to 100 kg.

Transport Wheelchairs
Transport foldable wheelchairs are a perfect solution for anyone looking for a lightweight portable frame, which features smaller rear wheel size, to allow more portability.

Since smaller wheels are used with these chairs, they are designed to only be propelled by a caregiver or other individual, which explains why they are referred to as “companion chairs” in the industry. Chairs in this category weigh between 6-10 Kg, and most also feature swing-leg rests, and fixed armrests and side panels.

Recliner Wheelchairs
Reclining wheelchairs are designed to allow a user to recline at incremental angles safely and comfortably. Some of our reclining wheelchairs come stock with Elevating Leg Rests, on other reclining wheelchairs, they are optional. Recliner wheelchair also comes with commode facility. 

Bariatric Wheelchairs
Often referred to as a Heavy Duty Wheelchair or Extra Wide Wheelchair, known for its extra weight capacity, reinforced cross braces. We offer a weight cap of 150 kg and a maximum seat width of 2”.

Pediatric Wheelchairs
We provide children’s pediatric wheelchairs that cater to parents and caregiver who take care of younger people with certain conditions. Our wheelchairs provide assisting technology to all kinds of disorders; these rehabilitative benefits are further outlined in our pediatric stand up series of wheelchairs.

Wheelchair Sizing and Dimensions

Wheelchair Seat Width
The first thing you should look into while searching for a wheelchair is the seat width. This is very important, as there is a specific size for every person’s need. 16 inches, 18 inches and 20 inches are common for most wheelchair models; some only provide an 18 in. seat width.Pediatric Wheelchairs have an average wheelchair seat width of 14 inches, while the Bariatric wheelchair series provides a seat width of up to 26 inches.

Seat Depth
Wheelchair Seat Depth is measured from the front to the back of the wheelchair seat. To find out the right seat depth for your wheelchair, you must measure from the back of the user’s pelvis to the back of their shins when sitting straight.The easiest way to find out your Seat Depth for your potential new wheelchair, is to measure a previous wheelchair that you used before that you felt comfortable in.

Seat to Floor Height
The right Seat to Floor height is determined by measuring from the floor to the seat. Depending on the user’s need of the wheelchair, it is important to determine if their feet are dangling or if their feet are dragging on the floor, meaning that the seat to floor height is either too high or too low.

If the person is used to propelling themselves by the use of their feet, then it might be a good idea to get a Seat to Floor Height that is lower than their presumed height.

Back Height
The backrest of a wheelchair also has a measurement that you can gauge, from the top of the backrest to the bottom (top of the seat) would be the correct way to measure Back Height. Back height can also be extended with the use of optional accessories, which extend the top of the backrest.

Armrests
Basic armrests can be divided into two categories: desk length and full length. Desk length arms allow easier access to tables and desks. Full length arms provide extra arm support.Optional features include flip-back or removable arms for easy transfers and adjustable height arms.

Leg Rests
The two basic leg rest styles include swing away and elevating. Swing away leg rests rotate to the side to allow the user to easily get in or out of the wheelchair. Elevating leg rests include a calf pad to raise the legs and prevent swelling. Both types of leg rests are removable. Some leg rests include tool-free adjustment to change the length of the leg rest.

Adjustable Backrest
Some wheelchairs include an adjustable backrest height for user comfort. Users who are taller or shorter than average may appreciate this feature.

Dual Axle
A dual axle wheelchair lets you adjust the chair from standard height to hemi height (about 2 inches lower than standard height). Hemi height allows the user to easily propel the chair with their feet. It also allows the seat height to be lowered for users under 5 feet tall.

Quick Release Wheels
Some wheelchairs include a quick release button to remove the rear wheels for compact storage and transport. This feature is designed for users looking for an ultra-portable wheelchair.

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