What is a Manual wheelchair? wheelchairs come in a wide variety of formats to meet the specific needs of their users. They are often abbreviated to just “chair”, meaning a chair with wheels, used when walking is difficult or impossible due to illness, injury, or disability.
Manually propelled wheelchairs, are chairs, where the propulsive force is provided either by the occupant pushing the wheelchair by hand (“self-propelled”) or by an attendant pushing from the rear (“attendant propelled”).
- Self-propelled wheelchair usually have two caster wheels at the front and two large wheels at the back ( 20 to 24 inch depending on model) They can be propelled by the user or the attentant
- Attendant wheelchair usually have two caster wheels at the front and two large caster wheels at the back ( 12 to14 inch depending on model). They can only be propelled by the attendant
Choosing the right wheelchairAll our Wheelchairs were chosen for their ability to improve quality of life.Choosing the right wheelchair can enable you to socialise and go out with friends and familyBefore making any decision it is helpful to understand there are many different types of wheelchair that any mobility retailer can offer you.Manual Wheelchairs are available in two main types, those with big rear wheels and those with small rear wheels.
- Wheelchairs with the larger rear wheels are designed for users to be able to propel themselves.and remain independent, please note you will need sufficient strength and movement in your arms to use a self-propelled wheelchair
- Wheelchairs with the smaller rear wheels, including the transit and travel models are designed to be pushed. They can prove trickier than larger-wheeled chairs to mount obstacles such as kerbs.