Which Wheelchair is best for me?

Suppliers of Self Propelled, Transit and Electric Wheelchairs in Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, West Moors, Ferndown, Wimborne, Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Weymouth, Wareham, Swanage and Dorset area.

If you are looking for Wheelchairs in Dorset, our friendly staff are ready and waiting to answer any questions you may have and assist you in trying a wheelchair for yourself.

There are four types of Wheelchairs available; Travel Wheelchairs, Transit Wheelchairs, Self Propelled Wheelchairs and Electric Wheelchairs. As each has different features and benefits, its important to choose one that suits the users, (and carers) own individual needs.

Wheelchairs will usually be available in two or three seat widths to suit the users size and weight. Be sure to try a wheelchair first to ensure it is suitable and the user fits comfortably. An 18″ seat is usually the standard, and will be sufficient for most people.

Travel Wheelchairs

Travel Wheelchairs are a lightweight and compact style of wheelchair. They usually fold down to a much smaller size then a conventional wheelchair, often fitting in a storage bag, to make it easy for transporting on holiday etc.

Due to their lightweight design, the frame, wheels and seating usually only cater for short term and occasional use and may not be suitable for larger users.

A Travel Wheelchair is perfect for a short trip or holiday, but not intended for use as a full time wheelchair.

One popular feature of Travel Wheelchairs is the benefit of usually being supplied with a carry bag, so that all parts are safely contained and cannot be lost in transit by baggage handlers.

Travel Wheelchairs Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, West Moors, Ferndown, Wimborne, Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Weymouth, Wareham, Swanage and Dorset area.

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Attendant or Transit Wheelchairs

Transit Wheelchairs have smaller wheels at the rear, and intended only for when the user will be pushed by an attendant or carer. There is no means for the user to move themselves in the chair.

With the rear wheels taking up less space and weight, Transit Wheelchairs are a popular option for being stored in a car for hospital visits, day trips and shopping etc.

Attendant Wheelchairs usually fold flat to allow for easy lifting and storage at home or in the car.

If its likely the user may ever need to be transported in a taxi, ambulance or other mode of public transport while seated in the wheelchair, make sure you opt for a model that is ‘Crash Tested’. This means the chair can be safely anchored in the vehicle.

Transit Wheelchairs Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, West Moors, Ferndown, Wimborne, Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Weymouth, Wareham, Swanage and Dorset area.

Picture Credit: Karma Mobility

Self Propelled Wheelchairs

Self Propelled Wheelchairs are fitted with larger rear wheels and a hand bar to allow the user to move themselves around manually. In addition, the wheels are fitted with a hand brake to allow the user to slow down or park safely in a stationary position.

This option is ideal for users who want to retain some independence while using the wheelchair and not be dependant one someone having to push them about.

Self Propelled Wheelchairs usually fold flat to allow for easy lifting and storage at home or in the car.

Larger rear wheels do take up more space, however even if the user is not concerned about moving themselves, the greater circumference of the rear wheels help make a Self Propelled Wheelchair a little easier for the attendant to push, especially outdoors.

Self Propelled Wheelchairs Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, West Moors, Ferndown, Wimborne, Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Weymouth, Wareham, Swanage and Dorset area.

Picture Credit: Karma Mobility

Electric Wheelchairs

Electric Wheelchairs are similar to Mobility Scooters in that they provide the user with a means to move around freely without any manual effort, controlled by a joystick attached to the users armrest.

However, they form more of a Wheelchair style, so take up much less space than a Mobility Scooter making them ideal for use around the home and smaller spaces such as an office or work environment .

Electric Wheelchairs vary in size and power with some models being more suited to use inside or more robust models with added safety, range and stability for use both indoors and outside.

Bare in mind that Electric Wheelchairs can be heavy, and not all come apart or fold for easy fitting into a conventional vehicle. Also, as with other wheelchairs, check for the ‘Crash Tested’ status to ensure the user can be transported in a vehicle while seated in the chair.

Electric Power Wheelchairs Poole, Bournemouth, Christchurch, West Moors, Ferndown, Wimborne, Blandford Forum, Dorchester, Weymouth, Wareham, Swanage and Dorset area.

Picture Credit: Pride Mobility