Ultra Lightweight Wheelchairs - An Overview
This style is ideal for those who are always on the go, whether used for self-propelling needs or transporting others. Their smaller weight requires less energy to move, yet their sturdy frames support most patients or users. They come with a variety of wheel and frame options to fit differing lifestyle requirements.
The Fly-Weight Lightweight Deluxe Transport Chair by Drive is a handy tool that makes moving loved ones or patients simple. Checking in at a mere 19 pounds, they still have a weight capacity of 300 pounds. Swivel front wheels and locking back brakes add to its ease-of-use.
The Cougar Wheelchair by Drive is highly customizable. Changing out leg and armrests, adjusting the height of the back seat or wheelchair is fast and easy. It has quick-release rear wheels so it can adapt to many surfaces. At 27 pounds, and with the ability to hold up to 250 pounds, this ultra lightweight portable wheelchair is fantastic for those who are on the move.
TheInvacare Myon Wheelchair is flexible to give users the chair they want. Each adjustment is simple to reduce the amount of time needed to complete the task. Precision fitting to the user takes almost no time whatsoever.
The Medline Premium Swing-Back Desk-Length Arms is super-ease to transport, thanks to tool-free removal of the back wheels. Detachable foot and armrests make it easy to change styles from foldaway to elevating options.
The Differences Between a Transport Chair and a Standard Wheelchair
Transport chairs move patients from one point to another. They do not have large back wheels, nor can they be propelled by the user. They have four caster-style wheels, a solid frame, a flat seat with minimal padding, and two handles on the back. A helper or caregiver is necessary to push the transport chair. They are for short trips, not long-term sitting.
Standard wheelchairs come with two small front caster-style wheels and two large back wheels with grips. These wheels are often easy to remove for transporting in a vehicle. These chairs are user-propelled. The seats often have padding for long-term sitting. They usually come with a brake system, leg, and armrests, and often have a variety of optional accessories.
Advantages of an Ultra Light Weight Wheelchair
These chairs weigh less than standard wheelchairs, so they require less energy to push. For those who transport patients, the energy savings can be substantial. Their lightweight makes them ideal for usage in hospital settings, long-term care, and residential facilities, and even around the home.
They are often slimmer than standard wheelchairs, which allows them to fit into tighter spaces, and they take less room to store than do standard wheelchairs. Pivoting front casters means that they are easy to maneuver. They are usable both inside and outside. And they cost less than wheelchairs.
How to Choose the Right Chair
An ultra lightweight manual wheelchair should conform and support the user's lifestyle, not the other way around. Answering the following questions can help with selecting the chair that best suits the user's needs.
- How often will the chair be used for transportation?
- How much time will be spent outdoors, or is it mainly for indoor use?
- How often does the user travel?
- How rough are the surfaces traversed?
- Is there a need or want to elevate the legs?
- How important is customization?
- Will there be pivot transfers?
How to Measure for Chair Size
- Measure from hip to hip and then add two inches
- Next, measure from the back of the hip to the back of the knee and subtract one inch
- Measure from the user's elbow to the seat of the chair while the arm is at a 90-degree angle
- Measure from the back of the knee to the bottom of the heel
- Measure from the user's collarbone to the seat
- Find out how much the user weighs
- Determine upper body strength
Maintaining Your Wheelchair
A periodic safety check helps maintain an ultra lightweight aluminum wheelchair's proper functioning. An annual inspection is an essential step. Look for the following:
- Torn upholstery on the back of the chair or in the seat covering
- Cracks in the wheels or casters
- Torn calf pads or armrest cushioning
- Broken wheel locks
- Loose bolts or rivets