Do you require your equipment for indoor and outdoor uses?
All our manual wheelchairs come with solid, puncture resistant tyres and large wheels at the back for a smoother ride. This allows them to be used more easily outdoors.
If a wheelchair is going to be used indoors, check to make sure it will fit through all the required doors. Our standard wheelchairs are designed to fit through regular doorways. However, the wider Heavy User and Bariatric wheelchairs may not fit through some doorways, whilst those with particularly narrow doors may find that even our standard wheelchairs are a tight fit.
Will you need to transport your equipment in the car?
All our manual wheelchairs, with the exception of Tilt in Space wheelchairs, can be folded for transport. Once folded down a wheelchair is likely to fit in the boot of most cars; however for small cars it may be worth selecting a wheelchair with quick release wheels. The weight of the wheelchair should also be considered for ease of lifting in and out of the car; a lightweight wheelchair should weigh under 15 kg.
Our Bariatric wheelchair is notably heavier, being made of sturdy steel instead of lightweight aluminium, and is also larger. It will therefore not fit into the boots of some smaller cars.
All our manual wheelchairs except for the Bariatric wheelchair are "crash-tested", meaning they are suitable for occupied transportation in a suitably adapted vehicle.
Where can the equipment be stored?
If storage space is an issue, look for a wheelchair that folds down to take up as little space as possible when not in use.
Do you require either or both your legs to be elevated?
Some wheelchairs have the capacity to elevate your legs for maximum comfort and support - this is often recommended for those who have suffered leg or knee injuries. If this is required, make sure the leg extensions are adjustable to fit your legs as required, and so that you can change the angle of the legrest when needed - all of our elevating leg rest wheelchairs have angle and length adjustable legrests. If you are not sure whether you need to keep your leg elevated or not, you will need to consult your medical professional.
An alternative to an elevated leg rest wheelchair is the Knee Scooter. This is ideal for people with foot or ankle conditions.