The Pros and Cons of a Lightweight Wheelchair

A lightweight wheelchair can now come in all shapes and sizes and can be customised slightly to suit the individual needs of the user. We understand that not every wheelchair user wants to invest in heavy, bulky, and sometimes cumbersome wheelchairs.

If you are finding moving around increasingly difficult but do not feel you need to commit to using a chair full time, or perhaps are looking for a sleek and easily transportable chair for certain occasions, then a lightweight wheelchair might just make those everyday chores and tasks that little bit easier.

Perhaps the most important aspect that helps a disabled person move around is the wheelchair design itself. This is because each person is unique and, in turn, their inability to get around easily is unique to them as well. A single wheelchair cannot be designed to suit every person’s capabilities and to help them achieve their desires easily. The design of a chair that is easily portable has many advantages that can outnumber any potential drawbacks.

Let’s talk about the advantages first

Made from a light aluminium, these wheelchairs can weigh anywhere between 6 to 15 kilograms. Being sturdy and easy to use, they make getting around a breeze for those looking for ease of maneuverability.

They are also easy to transport as they can be folded and placed in the boot of a car. There is no need for you to invest in alternative transportation, as you can easily fold and unfold your wheelchair to fit in an ordinary car boot. This can make the commitment to getting a wheelchair an easier transition, as it seamlessly blends into everyday life.

We can customise these kinds of wheelchairs to suit your individual needs. If comfort is a concern for you, we can add details, such as head rests or armrests, and can add attachable bags for storage. This makes the trip to the supermarket that much more simpler for those with limited mobility.

What are the potential downsides?

There are some size restrictions regarding these models, and we may not be able to accommodate larger people or people who have certain conditions. The frame, although very sturdy, is restricted to a certain range of seat sizes and, as such, may not be suitable for some people.

Even though customisations can be made, the standard model is very basic, ensuring that it is as lightweight as possible. There is no additional padding on the seat and if this wheelchair is used for an extended amount of time, you may find that you begin to get uncomfortable.

As these models are manual wheelchairs, people who do not have the essential upper body strength to maneuver a wheelchair may find that they struggle going long distances. This is particularly true when you are crossing steep, rough or bumpy terrain. It may be more suitable to opt for a sturdier wheelchair or an electric version in these occasions, especially if you believe that covering such irregular ground will be commonplace for you.

It is important to try before you buy, so make sure that you trial any wheelchair that you are considering to ensure that you are comfortable and it feels right for you.