Invacare Action 5 Folding

The Action 5 Folding is an ideal entry level active wheelchair suited in particular to those who are new to wheelchair use. It can be configured to match your requirements, and then modified as time goes by to cater to increasing wheelchair skills or changing needs. With its unique folding mechanism it provides good performance and is highly transportable. A paediatric Action 5 Junior Folding is also available for younger wheelchair users.

Product Description

Folding frame

Invacare have introduced a unique folding mechanism for the Action 5 Folding. Unlike the usual cross-braces, the "H" shaped folding mechanism self-locks to provide a secure seat position and high levels of stability. The innovative design allows the frame to greatly reduce in size and for the backrest to fold down on the seat for transport, meaning it folds far smaller than a conventional folding wheelchair.


Well-suited to those who are new to wheelchair use, the Action 5 can be adjusted as you gain in confidence, moving from a more stable rear-wheel position to a more active, efficient set-up. A wide range of adjustments can be made to the set-up, including the backrest angle and height, seat height, legrest height, and far more. As a modular wheelchair, the Action 5 can be adapted further should your needs change significantly.

Seating and Options

The Action range is renowned for its configurable seating, and the Action 5 is no exception. Made to measure in your size, all aspects of the seat can be chosen from a range of options, including backrest upholstery, armrests, legrests and more. There is a choice of a lighter fixed-front frame, or swing-away legrests that makes transfers easier.

It's not just the seat that is configurable - a choice of castors, rear wheels, tyres and handrims lets you tailor the performance of the wheelchair to your demands. The frame is also available in a range of colours, and three accent colours (silver, light blue, and purple) are available.

Junior version

An Action 5 Junior Folding variant exists for younger wheelchair users. Available in smaller seat widths, it also has the option for adjustable seat depth - ideal for growing children, so they don't outgrow the wheelchair. The Action 5 is a good step up from an Action 3 Junior for children who want to develop their wheelchair skills.

Our Verdict

The Action 5 range was introduced as a competitor to Quickie's popular Life F (and the Action 5 Junior Folding as a competitor to the Life F Teens). It is a cheaper wheelchair than the Life, with much the same comfort and configurability - we would suggest comparing both. We do feel the Action 5 doesn't have the same style as the Life range, which can be personalised to a far higher level.

The other aspect to consider is the "H" folding mechanism - we have found this is very much a "love it or hate it" part of the chair - it works really well for some people; others just can't get on with it. It really needs to be tried to see if it'll work for you.

Key Features

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    Unique folding mechanism
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    Ideal first wheelchair
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    Adjusts to improving wheelchair skills
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    Junior version

Our Service

We passionately believe we provide a level of service above and beyond other retailers that gives you real value for money. Our in-house experts can provide you with impartial advice on the right wheelchair for you, and none of our staff are on commission.

All aftercare is carried out by our experienced engineers, with a fleet of mobile engineers, and a fully stocked workshop at our HQ - we don't get a third-party company to carry out our work.

Try This Wheelchair

Our Chessington Showroom is stocked with a wide range of wheelchairs for you to try out and compare, and our product specialists are on hand to answer all your questions, and carry out a full assessment. Visiting our Showroom allows you to see the widest possible range of products before making your decision on which to get.

We are also able to carry out home assessments and demonstrations - please call us to book one in. A home consultation comes with the benefit of trying out a wheelchair around the environment in which you will be using it.