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User Friendly Guide to Manual Wheelchairs

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Summary:
Information on selecting the most suitable wheelchair.


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wheelchairs, wheel chairs


Article Body:
We have produced the following user friendly guide to h elp you select the
most appropriate manual wheelchair for your needs.
Manual wheelchairs are powered by human power and come in 2 main
categories;
Standard manual wheelchairs
These wheelchairs have large wheels at the back and smaller wheels at the
front. These wheelchairs can me powered by the user, via the back wheels
or by a companion who pushes using the handles mounted on the back.
Transportable manual wheelchairs
There are 2 main types of transportable wheelchairs on the market in the
UK. The first of these have small wheels at the back and the front and
can only be propelled by a companion and are generally the cheaper
option. You can also purchase a folding wheelchair that mirrors the same
design as a standard wheelchair with large wheels at th e back. These
chairs are often used by independent users who need a self propelling
chair that they are able to lift into their vehicle.
Wheelchair weight.

Weight is a key issue when choosing a manual wheelchair and you need to
ensure you make the right choice. Remember, a light wheelchair is easier
to propel by the user of companion and will make transportation much
easier, especially if lifting in and out of a vehicle. Generally it is
best to get the lightest wheelchair you can afford.

Weight Limits

Before purchasing a manual wheelchair check the maximum weight limit of
the chair as this can be an issue. Heavy duty wheel chairs are now
available for those who have this preference.

Seating
To ensure comfort and ease of use you need to ensure that the wheelchair
seat is a good fit. Always check the width of the chair against the
user’s hip to hip measurements with a contingency for heavy winter
clothing. It is generally recommended that the depth of the wheelchair
should cover the distance from the users back to behind the knee.
The seat height should also be checked carefully to ensure the users feet
sit comfortably on the footrests within their adjustable settings. The
seat height is generally measured from behind the knee to the heel.
Remember to account for the height of the seat cushion.
We recommend the user always tries the manual wheelchair before purchase,
to ensure it meets their individual needs.

				
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