Self Propelled Wheelchairs
About Our Self-Propelled Wheelchairs
Self-propelled wheelchairs have large rear wheels, allowing you to manouver yourself where you need to go.
You should purchase a self-propelled wheelchair instead of a transit wheelchair if you are going to need to propel yourself, even if just for short distances.
Coming in many different styles we have created a comprehensive guide to wheelchairs which can be viewed here, but it may be useful to quickly go over the features you will need to consider. This can be viewed at the bottom of this page.
A quick guide to self-propelled wheelchairs
The frame weight – Depending on whether you have a steel or an aluminium frame, the weight of the chair can differ significantly from model to model. Although they are both very strong, aluminium frames are lightweight and are best suited if you will be transporting it frequently in the back of a car. Steel frame models weigh more but are more robust so has a larger upper weight limit.
Quick release wheels – Usually around 24” in diameter, these large rear wheels simple and easy as to grip onto from the seated position. Due to the larger rear wheel size however you may be concerned that they make transportation in the boot of your car tricky. To combat this most of the models below feature a quick release mechanism which allows them to be easily removed them away from the frame without the need for tools.
Foldable backrests – To help make things easier for you the backrest on many of the models can fold down so that the two sides can join together. This creates a slimmer, flatter profile and makes it ideal for when you need to get it in your car boot or for when you want to keep it out of the way at home.
There are of course many other considerations to take into account when selecting a wheelchair, so if you would like any further advice or even to see whether we can arrange a demonstration for you, please call us on 0800 0334 060 today.