This article is intended to give you information on what to look for in a lightweight wheelchair for seniors.
If you cannot afford such a wheelchair, I have information for low-income seniors to find a free wheelchair on a companion page.
Here are some of the factors you should be thinking about when it comes to a lightweight wheelchair…
As the name implies, its a lightweight wheelchair. Now lighter is better for seniors who are struggling to push the wheelchair but it is a balancing act for the designer.
A stronger wheelchair that can handle larger loads will weigh more. And the lighter the wheelchair the more fragile it will be.
Now, I can only go by Mom’s wheelchair but that is around 30 pounds, and she can maneuver around with it…though with some difficulty.
The Front Wheels
The biggest problem my mother had in her first wheelchair was the design of the front wheels.
When they would pivot out of the direction she was traveling in (for example, if she turned or if she backed up) it was very tough for her to get the wheels realigned again so that she could travel in the direction she wanted to.
What you are looking for is a simple design for the front wheels that will easily pivot.
Make sure that the height of the seat can be adjusted so that some seniors that have difficulty getting up and sitting down can use a higher seat level, making it easier to rise out of the chair.
Warranty and Return Policy
You should receive a 5 year warranty on the frame. In addition, check with the company about a return policy (especially if you buy on the internet) because once you get the wheelchair the intended operator may not be comfortable in the wheelchair or be able to operate it safely.
For easy transportation in a car.
My mother had a lymphodema in her legs, making the leg braces a necessity. But they should be detachable so that someone can use their legs, if they choose to, as well as their arms to propel the chair.
Ability to Maneuver Around The House
This was a necessity. The wheelchair must be narrow enough to get through doorways or narrow hallways, so you should measure any areas of your home first before you make a purchase a lightweight wheelchair and compare it with the manufacturer’s specifications.
I have listed some of the models to choose from in the display below…
And what’s more, caregivers can search from a trusted brand like Amazon for the products they need to make their lives and the lives of their loved one’s less stressful. Being that Amazon carries just about everything, just enter the type of item you are looking for in the search box (ie: “shower bench”) and a listing of top searches will come up for you.