You or a loved one may need a wheelchair at some point in your life. Whether you need assistance due to a temporary injury or you need to rely on the chair due to old age or a progressive condition, wheelchairs are one of the most common mobility aids available today.
The idea behind the wheelchair is simple—the chair is usually constructed with two larger wheels and two smaller wheels so that the user can self-propel the chair with their hands. Wheelchairs often feature handles so that another person can push the chair, and some wheelchairs are battery-powered, so the user can control them utilizing a joystick.
As you delve into the world of wheelchairs, you'll quickly find that there are many varieties of chairs, each built for a different purpose. For example:
- Transport wheelchairs can only be pushed by an assistant.
- Reclining wheelchairs increase user comfort and help to avoid pressure sores.
- Standing wheelchairs provide an entirely different positioning.
You may find that you have very specific preferences for what you want in your wheelchair, and that's okay—many chairs feature certain customizable options. For example, you may find different styles of foot pads and leg supports available, and many of them swing away for easy access to the chair. Some supports are removable so that you can decide what support you want and need, and many chairs offer various wheel positions for improved handling and ease of use.
Choosing the Right Wheelchair Options for You
We provide a wide selection of wheelchairs to choose from to fit your individual needs. Here’s a closer look at our most popular varieties.
Transport wheelchairs are incredibly lightweight and ideal for travel and outdoor use. These chairs are not self-propelling and require another person to push them. Additionally, these chairs feature rear brakes for added safety.
Manual wheelchairs feature two large rear wheels that allow users to self-propel, providing greater independence and mobility. There are several different models available, and each offers distinct features.
- Standard: Standard wheelchairs are your basic chairs. They can be used for indoor and outdoor use, but they’re usually heavier and aren’t as easy to travel with compared to other types of chairs.
- Lightweight: Lightweight wheelchairs are comprised of lighter materials, making them easier for caretakers to push and for users to propel themselves. Additionally, the light weight makes these chairs easier for travel.
- Ultra Lightweight: Ultra lightweight wheelchairs are similar to lightweight ones, but their aluminum frames translate into an impressive weight of 15 to 29 pounds.
- Heavy Duty: Heavy duty wheelchairs are built with steel frames to increase their weight capacity to 250 to 700 pounds. Additionally, they feature wider seat width o
Tilt in Space Wheelchairs
Tilt in space chairs are designed to improve user comfort by allowing users to tilt backward. The tilted position allows weight to be shifted onto the user’s back, and it’s common for them to feature more padding on backrests, neck supports, and seats.
As the name implies, reclining wheelchairs can be reclined to provide additional comfort. It’s common for these chairs to be capable of reaching a nearly full recline, and most feature leg support and footrests.
Standing wheelchairs provide psychological and physical benefits to users unable to stand independently. Most of these chairs include a harness option that helps the user remain in their seat and maintain a standing position. In addition, these chairs can be collapsed back down for a comfortable sitting position.
Shower wheelchairs make hygiene maintenance easier for those with mobility issues due to injuries, aging, or medical conditions. These waterproof chairs can be positioned in the shower so the user can shower while sitting.
Pool & Beach Wheelchairs
Pool and beach chairs are perfect for outdoor use, as they improve a user’s mobility over difficult terrain, including sand, swimming areas, and inclines.
In addition to choosing the right wheelchair, it’s worth taking the time to review common chair accessories to help you customize your experience. These accessories include quality of life upgrades like cup holders, seatbelts, armrest covers, and oxygen tank holders.
Why Choose Med Mart
You’re our first priority at Med Mart, which means our commitment to you doesn’t end at the point of sale. Our lifetime tech support provides you with peace of mind. Plus, we want to ensure you find the right wheelchair for your needs, which is why our experts provide personalized recommendations.
Check out our wide selection of wheelchairs above, or give us a call to let us help you find the best chair to suit your needs.