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Wheelchair or Transport Chair?

Updated: Oct 10, 2021

Riddle me this: Which mobility device is right for me... A Wheelchair or Transport Chair?

What's a Wheelchair?

A wheelchair is a manual chair mounted on large rear wheels with handrails that allows a person to use their own upper body strength to self-propel themselves, or be pushed by a caregiver or companion. Wheelchairs are meant to be used long-term and frequently, which is the reason why they are made with reinforced steel.

Weighing in at 27 lbs and up


What's a Transport Chair?

A transport chair is a manual chair where the caregiver or companion can push the user around. The wheels are typically smaller from 8 to 12 inches in diameter. The Transport Chair is typically lighter in weight and makes it easier to fold and place in the trunk of a car.

Weighing in at 17- 21 lb

How to Choose Between a Wheelchair and Transport Chair

Think about the main purpose of the mobility device, to get around when outside of the house for trips to the doctor's office, mall, park or to get around your home 24/7 since you are not able to use any alternative device. Wheelchairs are wider and need more clearance especially depending on the size and height of the patient.

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