A transport wheelchair is a lightweight, foldable and portable wheelchair that is perfect for taking your elderly parents to places that involve too much walking for them.
Some families keep this type of wheelchair in the trunk of their car specifically for trips to the mall, the park, to Doctor's appointments or just to walk around downtown.
Transport wheelchairs are much easier to get in/out of the trunk than a regular light weight wheelchair - which can be a struggle even for me.
Most are under 20lbs and fold up to easily fit into the trunk of a car.
Transport wheelchairs are designed to be pushed (rather than self propelled by the user).
They have 4 small wheels, brakes, foot rests and a cloth (hammock style) seat and back.
Transport wheelchairs allow elderly to go to places they would not be able to walk to (due to decreased strength, endurance and/or balance).
They are lightweight (most under 20lbs) and foldable, making them easy to put in the trunk of a car.
They also make great travel wheelchairs as their small size allows them to be checked as baggage when traveling by plane. Some of them even come with their own bag that is the size of a suitcase.
They are great for elderly who have decreased strength, endurance and balance that make it difficult to walk longer distances.
They are meant to be pushed by another person and not self-propelled like a light weight wheelchair.
Elderly who may benefit from having one may walk around the house or for shorter distances but need a transport wheelchair for safety when going outside or to a doctor's appointment.
They are not meant to be an alternative to a light weight wheelchair which is designed for elderly that will spend more time in it and need to be able to propel it themselves.
There are some situations when they are not the best choice, including:
A good transport wheelchair should have the following features:
There are many different wheelchair accessories including:
There are three main measurements to fit a transport wheelchair.
For the seat size, it's helpful to know the hip width and thigh length. For the seat height, it's helpful to know the measurement from the back of knee to the ground.
Most transport wheelchairs have a floor to seat height of 19" but there are some models available with an 18" seat height.
You can use a flexible measuring tape or use a piece of string to obtain the length and measure it against a yard stick or carpenters measuring tape.
The easiest way to measure your loved one is to have them sit down in a chair.
It is also a good idea to keep in mind how high the armrests are if your loved one is on the small side (~5'2" or less). Some of the armrests are quite high and would be uncomfortable to sit in for too long.
These portable wheelchairs are easy to use:
A transport wheelchair can cost $125 to $600, depending on quality and features.
There are several other types of wheelchairs including:
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