This lightweight aluminum portable Transport Chair by Drive Medical is designed to conveniently folds for travel and storage.
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TRANSPORT WHEELCHAIR / PORTABLE WHEELCHAIR
A transport chair is an economical and lightweight wheelchair designed for short distance use with the help of a caregiver. A transport wheelchair, also known as a companion chair, is constructed from materials that are more lightweight, and yet is still less expensive than standard lightweight wheelchairs.
What Is a Transport Wheelchair?
The average attendant chair weighs between 15 to 20 pounds and folds in seconds, making transport and storage very easy. The more manageable weight of these chairs also makes them easy to maneuver, and their compact frames fit into smaller spaces for additional convenience. Whereas a manual wheelchair is heavier and more bulky.
Most transport chairs have a weight capacity of 250 to 300 pounds. For heavier weight needs, look for a bariatric or heavy-duty transport chair, which can support up to 450 pounds. Best used for light or short-term purposes such as doctor’s visits, shopping trips, and occasional travel, transport wheelchairs are great to have, even if you already have a heavier, permanent wheelchair.
How to Choose the Right Transport Wheelchair
One’s choice of a transit wheelchair can depend greatly on a number of factors. Needs like the required weight capacity can influence the decision, but often it is not the only factor. A person needs to consider many other points when choosing the proper portable wheelchair for their transport. Some of these are:
Size of the Seat
This factor should be one of the first considerations, along with the weight capacity. Once a user has narrowed down the choice based on weight capacity, he may need to be fitted for the proper seat size. Depending on the intended use of the transfer wheelchair, the seat needs to be large enough to suit the user so there is plenty of room on either side of the seat, but also not so much that the user is able to slide around.
If the wheelchair is being selected for medical use; for instance, as a hospital transport chair, then an assessment of average patients’ measurements may be prudent. Most hospitals actually stock both standard and bariatric transport wheelchairs in order to fit most of their patients, and in these cases, it may be necessary to have larger 20-inch transport chairs (versions with a 20-inch seat), or possibly one with a 22-inch seat. In general, average users require no more than a 20-inch seat.