January 30, 2017

What You Need to Know When Buying a Transport Wheelchair

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A transport wheelchair is a wheelchair pushed by another person. It is relatively light compared to other wheelchairs and has much smaller wheels. When considering this type of wheelchair, it’s important to select the right one for your specific needs.

6 important factors you should know before picking a transport chair:

  1. Buying isn’t the only option: Depending on your lifestyle, it may make much more sense for you to rent and have your wheelchair delivered to your home when you need it. This is especially true if you don’t plan to use it often or have limited space for it.
  1. A transport chair has specific uses: You usually use a transport chair only for short trips. It’s ideal for a quick visit to the doctor, the mall or a restaurant. Longer journeys usually require a larger manual or automatic wheelchair.
  1. Size and weight are the most important factors: When choosing this style of wheelchair, pick one that’s light while still providing adequate seating for the user. At any size, you can maximize comfort with a wheelchair cushion.

The industry uses three standard chair sizes, including:

  • Narrow: 17-inch seat for users weighing 120 pounds or less;
  • Medium: 19-inch seat for users between 120-300 pounds;
  • Wide: 22-inch or wider seat for users of 300 pounds or more.
  1. Remember, all transport chairs fold to the same size: No matter what size the chair is while in use, it will actually fold to the same storage size: 30 inches by 9 inches. That means it’s easy to fit these wheelchairs inside almost any car.
  1. They can come with hand brakes: Not all wheelchair users can use the foot-locking brakes that typically come on the rear wheels of these chairs. If you prefer or need to use hand controls, some transport chairs do offer them.
  2. Fall prevention is important: Not all transport chairs come with seat belts, but some do. A seat belt is recommended if the chair will be used for two hours or longer in a given day. Also consider one if the user suffers from any severe, involuntary movements.

PA Healthcare Makes it Easy for You to Benefit from the Best Wheelchairs Around

PA Healthcare offers home delivery of transport wheelchair rentals throughout San Diego County and Imperial County. To find out more, connect with us any time. We look forward to helping you.

5 Comments on “What You Need to Know When Buying a Transport Wheelchair

Jenna Hunter
March 29, 2017 at 11:15 pm

It was sensational to learn from the article that no matter what size the chair is while in use, it will actually fold to the same storage size: 30 inches by 9 inches. My uncle was in a ski accident on the last day of skiing season and has to be in a wheelchair for six months. I am no expert but I would imagine that this would be great to know in order to transport the wheelchair!

PA Healthcare
April 7, 2017 at 3:50 pm

Glad this article was a help to you! Wishing your uncle a speedy recovery!

Larry Weaver
September 9, 2017 at 12:52 am

Thanks for the tip that all transport chairs fold into the same size of 30 inches by 9 inches. My father-in-law is could be getting a new wheelchair due to his medical condition and old age, but he still loves to travel. Getting him set up with a good wheelchair transport would be able to allow him to still get around like he would enjoy.

Scott Adams
November 15, 2017 at 12:22 am

I’m glad that you talked about considering a chair that includes a seat belt. I have been looking for a new wheelchair because I need to start traveling outside of my home soon. I can see how it would be nice to have a seat belt installed. That way I don’t have to worry about falling out on a bumpy road.

Maureen Diaz
November 26, 2017 at 3:56 am

I didn’t know that transport wheelchairs come with wheelchair cushions! My mother needs to buy a transport wheelchair. She has recently developed paraplegic problems in her hands and legs, and she tends to fall forward in the traditional wheelchair that we have. I didn’t know that transport wheelchair came with seat-belts and even cushions. Thanks for the article, it was really helpful. Hopefully, my mother will get well soon.


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