Transport Chairs, Manual Wheelchairs & More
Whether you are mobile enough to maneuver a manual wheelchair on your own, or you need a caregiver transport chair or an electric power wheelchair, we’re here to help you find the perfect fit in no time. With free, fast shipping on all of our wheelchairs, AvaCare Medical is your number one wheelchair source. Read More...
When choosing a wheelchair, you can choose standard, lightweight or heavy duty depending on your needs and your budget. Lightweight chairs are lighter and easier to maneuver, while heavy duty or bariatric wheelchairs are intended to support heavier users. You can also find wheel chairs with reclining backs, some of which allow for infinite adjustments up to 180°.
We also offer a full line of cushions and accessories designed to make your life – and your chair – easier and more pleasant.
Choosing a Wheelchair Based on Mobility Levels
The perfect wheelchair for you will depend on many factors. One crucial aspect to consider when choosing a wheelchair is your mobility level, because the type of wheelchair that will be best for your needs largely depends on your physical capacity level.
A manual wheelchair is a practical option if you have enough physical energy to push the chair around. Self-propelled wheelchairs require a substantial amount of effort to turn the wheels forward and move around. If you have typical, above, or average upper body strength, then this cost-effective wheelchair may be a relevant choice for you. An added bonus of using this wheelchair is that a manual wheelchair necessitates physical activity, incorporating more exercise into the user’s daily life and steadily increasing their arm strength.
An electric wheelchair costs more than a manual one, but requires less physical stamina. The power wheelchair has a user-friendly joystick, which allows you to navigate where you go easily. It provides you with maximum independence, and is easy to steer and maneuver around.
A mobility scooter is similar to the electric wheelchair in that it is electric in that they both allow you to move around independently with little to no effort on your part. However, in order to use an electric scooter, you’d need a little more mobility than what is required to drive an electric wheelchair. Aside from hand-finger coordination, which is a necessary skill to operate the wheelchair, individuals who would like to ride an electric scooter should possess the following capabilities to ensure that this is a safe, practical mode of transportation for them:
- You are fine with sitting down and standing up on your own; doing so will in no way pose a threat to your safety.
- You are able to attain and maintain a proper sitting balance.
If these two skills are within your ability, this wheelchair is a safe, easy-to-use mobility option for you.
The three wheelchairs discussed thus far are most commonly utilized by individuals with moderately limited strength in their upper body.
Patients who have severely limited physical capacities, however, would do best with a transport wheelchair, which is specifically designed for patients with limited to no mobile ability. Its lightweightedness makes it easy to push around by a caregiver, and it can be folded up and stored away without too much hassle. If your patient is immobile and on the heavier side, a heavy duty transport wheelchair should be used.
Wheelchair Type Comparisons
Manual Wheelchairs vs. Transport Chairs
Manual wheelchairs are equipped with large rear wheels that the occupant can use to self-propel the chair, while transport chairs are cheaper and more lightweight, designed to be propelled easily by an attendant. Because transport wheelchairs are built with compact frames and small wheels, they are also the easiest to store and transport.
Scooters vs. Power Wheelchairs
Other mobility options include power wheelchairs and scooters. Power wheelchairs have a joystick used for power navigation when a user does not have enough mobility to control a self-propelled chair. Electric mobility scooters are generally cheaper than motorized wheelchairs and are navigated by the user with a tiller.
Pediatric wheelchairs are child-friendly and are perfectly tailored to children's needs. You can find brightly colored, smaller sized wheelchairs that are fully adjustable to accommodate children's constant growing.
Choosing the proper wheelchair can be tough, so check out our user-friendly Wheelchair Buying Guide to help you decide which product will suit your needs best.
If you use your wheelchair for extended periods of time, you may want to consider buying a wheelchair cushion. These cushions improve not only the comfort of the wheelchair, but the safety of the chair, as well. Cushion types range from the cheaper foam variety, to the more expensive gel- and air-filled cushions. Click here to learn more about cushions and how to choose the best option for your individual needs.
We're here to make life easier for you, so if you're unsure about your purchase options, simply give us a call at 1-877-813-7799 and one of our experienced caregivers will be happy to help you.