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What Are Lightweight Wheelchairs?

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What Are Lightweight Wheelchairs?

Lightweight wheelchairs meet the demands of a niche of people who are looking for a mobility aid that is easy to transport and carry around and is simple to use when needed and then capable of being folded away easily.

 

There are many different kinds of people who appreciate such a device, from the elderly, who need occasional assistance to get around, to people who are temporarily disabled or only minimally so. It gives them the ability to feel free in their choices to get up, get around and live their lives as they please. This is what mobility assistance is all about. Giving people an improved quality of life.

 

If you believe that you are in this category of clientele, you may be interested to understand more about the advantages and disadvantages of the models of lightweight wheelchairs that are available. It is great to know that many are slightly customizable to fit your precise demands, meaning that you can really get the most out of your lightweight wheelchair as you use it around the home or out and about.

 


What do you need to consider?

 

There are several important factors that you should consider as you look into purchasing a wheelchair for yourself. On the top of that list is functionality. Ask yourself what you need to be using it to ensure that a lightweight model is, in fact, going to be suitable for you.

 

Uneven and rough terrain is not entirely suitable for these models and, although you have great control and manoeuvrability, you need to ensure that you have the appropriate upper body strength to be able to manipulate these manual wheelchairs.

 

If you are thinking of going long distances from your home to the supermarket per se, you should make sure that you feel comfortable in propelling yourself for that amount of time.

 

The beauty of these models is that they are easily folded and can be stored in the boot of a car. Being lightweight, most people are able to lift them and unfold them on their own, eliminating the need to have a nurse or assistant at hand. This increase in independence is potentially critical for you in giving you that freedom of life that you are still competent to enjoy.

 

Comfort is another factor that needs to be considered. If you believe that you will be in your wheelchair for extended amounts of time, we suggest that you invest in a model that has additional cushioning. This, however, does increase the weight and is usually not a feature of these lightweight models.

 

Weigh the benefits and cons of certain additional extras to see what your personal demands are in order to warrant the necessity of them or not. Your wheelchair is your means of mobility and we are determined to ensure that you are satisfied with your choice. Try before you buy, so as to really get a feel for features that you believe will be important to you.

 

When you come in to see a retailer about gaining that extra bit of freedom and independence in your life by obtaining a wheelchair, talk to us about your goals and plans so that together we can find you the right machine for the job.

 

The purpose of a wheelchair is to increase the mobility of any person who has restricted movement. It can be for temporary or permanent use, it can be used sparingly or constantly, depending on each person's situation.

 

There are several forms of wheelchairs that are available and depending on a person's lifestyle, health and desires, each model has its benefits that will ultimately be a deciding factor on what type a person wishes to purchase and use.

 

Lightweight wheelchairs nationwide are made so that they are easy to handle and transport from place to place. They can easily be picked up and stored away in the back of a car or in a cupboard. This is great for those people who need their chair to help them get around sparingly, or have an active lifestyle and enjoy moving around a lot.

 

Another benefit of using these lighter models is that they are often easier to propel. Giving them that much more speed, manoeuvrability and comfort.

 


Who should use one of these models?

 

As we have previously mentioned, people use wheelchairs for a vast number of reasons. You certainly do not have to be permanently disabled to benefit from their use. Older people who find it difficult to walk long distances but can easily get about at home can definitely benefit from a model that is easy to lift, can be stored away but is there when you need it.

 

In some cases, having a wheelchair can improve an individual's independence. As our models are easy to lift, older or frail people will not need the assistance of a nurse or caregiver in allowing them to get out and about on their own. For people who are experiencing a temporary injury or still have some use of their limbs will find that a lightweight wheelchair can be of great advantage to them.

 


What are some requirements of the best wheelchairs available?

 

A wheelchair really does need to fit the person who is using it. That means that chairs come in different sizes and that the person who it is intended for needs to try it out to make sure that they are comfortable in the chair and can reach the hand rims and get in and out of it easily.

 

Lighter models tend to be smaller than standard wheelchairs with a seat width of 16 to 18 inches, rather than the normalized 20 inches. The height of the seat needs to be considered as well. If you are able to get in and out of your chair then we suggest that you look for a model that has a lower seat height.

 

However, if you need to use the leg rests, then a higher height may be more preferable. An adjustable seat would provide you with the best of both worlds. It should also be noted that all wheelchairs have weight limits. Lighter models usually hold less weight than the more traditional models. 

 

By discussing your personal situation with a retailer or nurse, they will be able to provide you with some information regarding what model would be best for you.

 

However, if you need to use the leg rests, then a higher height may be more preferable. An adjustable seat would provide you with the best of both worlds. It should also be more noted that all wheelchairs have weight limits. Lighter models usually hold less weight than the more traditional models. By discussing your personal situation with a retailer or nurse, they will be able to provide you with some information regarding what model would be best for you.


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