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Choosing a mobility device can be overwhelming, especially if you or a loved one is a first-time user. There are many options available with different impacts on your utility, accessibility, and comfort. Wheelchairs and transport chairs are incredibly beneficial ambulatory devices, but the terms are often used so interchangeably that many people don't know what product might be best for them. Read on to learn the differences between wheelchairs and transport chairs!
Wheelchairs are a great long-term solution to maintaining independence despite mobility or stability issues. Defining features include:
There is a wide range of wheelchair sizes available, including lightweight, folding models as well as wider, reinforced, bariatric models, so the above list only depicts the most common options. Some wheelchairs are designed for all-terrain travel for uneven ground, and some are even specially designed for playing sports like basketball.
Wheelchairs, being self-propelled, can help their user maintain independence without assistance from another person. For users who have difficulty pushing themselves due to arm weakness, fatigue, or disability, motorized wheelchairs are available. More advanced options may also include motorized positioning such as reclining seats or even chairs that lift the seat to a standing position.
Transport chairs are a great option to ensure convenient mobility for travel, whether it's a long vacation or just a day outside the house. Defining features include:
If you live an active lifestyle but also live with people who can assist you regularly, a transport chair may be for you. They can easily be stored in a car trunk or backseat during travel, allowing easy trips with a loved one to stores, restaurants, or events.
Now that we've looked at both types of chairs, you may still be wondering what suits you best. Even a single type of wheelchair or transport chair can have many different options tailored to you. You should always consult with a medical professional such as your primary care provider, but here are some questions that may help guide your selection process:
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