Lightweight wheelchairs: handy tips for buying

So, you’ve decided that lightweight wheelchairs are the way to go; and now you want to find the model that will best suit your needs. Obviously, lightweight wheelchairs weigh less, but their wheels are also different from standard wheelchairs. The front ones are smaller and the rear wheels are larger. The other big plus with lightweight wheelchairs is that you can fold them, and then stash them in your car, or in the hold on a bus or plane.

The lightweight wheelchairs from us at Karma Mobility are great for short trips out of the house as well as for moving around with ease inside the home. You can customise them for you with various accessories to make them work even better for you. You can propel them yourself or be pushed by a caregiver.

Make sure it’s a comfy ride

You need to make sure your lightweight wheelchair is comfortable. So getting the right model is important. Some are great for just a couple of hours use a day, but if you’re going to be in the chair for long periods, you may need to add cushions, back support and limb rests.

Get your seating position right

If you have more severe mobility issues or some paralysis, you are more likely to develop pressure sores, and you need to make sure your lightweight wheelchair is equipped and adjusted to prevent this as much as possible.

Customising lightweight wheelchairs

It’s not possible to get a chair that will fit everyone’s needs, which is why at Karma Mobility, we offer all sorts of accessories to help you customise your chair to fit your needs.

Other things to consider when buying a lightweight wheelchair

If you want armrests, you need to think about whether to get fixed or removable ones. On most lightweight transport wheelchairs, the armrests are fixed, but you can find some that have removable armrests. Removable armrests make getting in and out of the chair, and folding up easier. If you’re going to be stashing your chair in a car or other vehicle, you need to be able to fold it up.


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