difference between a Standard wheelchair and a transport / companion chair
Though at first glance they are similar, there are actually significant differences between transport wheelchairs and more standard wheelchairs. The biggest difference is that standard wheelchairs are designed with large wheels so that you can propel yourself, while transport wheelchairs have small wheels and are meant to be pushed from behind by a second person. Beyond that, things get a little more complicated.
Transport chairs are designed to be pushed from behind. They have no method of self-propulsion at all. They are meant for people who can still walk by themselves, but tire easily. They are ideal for people who are concerned about keeping up with family members or friends on a day out. If you will always have another person around to push, we suggest the transport wheelchair.
Transport wheelchairs are often a little smaller than standard wheelchairs, though they can still carry the same amount of weight as standard wheelchairs. They are designed to fold compactly and easily. Since they lack the large rear wheels of the standard wheelchair, they are often very lightweight and can be reduced to a size that is much easier to store.
Transport wheelchairs are intended to be used for short amounts of time. They are ideal for daytrips outside the home. As such, they tend to be designed with portability in mind. The seats of transport chairs are usually flexible fabric with little support, a design which allows them to fold easily. If you are looking for a rigid seat for full- or near full-time use, we suggest the standard wheelchair.
Standard wheelchairs and transport chairs may seem similar at first glance, but there are actually a lot of small differences that lead to them being two very different devices. Weight, wheel size, material, and seat type are all factors to consider when looking into a wheeled mobility device.
Chairs are available for weekly and monthly rentals (as well as purchase) and come in sizes ranging from 17"-24" - Please contact the office to reserve yours today!
**Also Available: High Back Wheelchair with options of Reclining with Eleveting Leg Rests
By Appointment Only After 3pm