Getting started with Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs are widely available and cheap to purchase, so choosing a wheelchair can be confusing. Some people will have been prescribed a specific sort of wheelchair by an Occupational Therapist whilst others might want a wheelchair for when an elderly relative comes to stay.
Somebody using the wheelchair on their own will require a self propelling (large wheels) model, while a self-propelled, or transit wheelchair (smaller wheels) will be appropriate if the wheelchair will be pushed by somebody else. A folding wheelchair is a good choice for occasional use as they can easily be dismantled, folded and transported by car, making it the perfect choice for those going out for the day, or perhaps for someone who can’t walk as far as they once could, but maybe don’t need to be in a wheelchair all the time. Folding wheelchairs are available in various sizes, but often do not offer the specialised features that a prescribed wheelchair can offer, where comfort, manoeuvrability and performance are much more important than whether the wheelchair folds.