Manual Wheelchairs allow an individual to move themselves without the assistance of a motor and battery by either self-propelling, which requires the user to maneuver themselves with the use of their limbs, or by being companion propelled, which is when another individual assist with the movement. Manual Wheelchairs are designed primarily for use by an individual with a mobility disability for the main purpose of indoor, or of both indoor and outdoor, locomotion.
-Lightweight Wheelchairs give you the most independence of movement with the least amount of effort. This type of wheelchair is recommended for someone who cannot self-propel in a standard manual wheelchair. The weight of this type wheelchair ranges from 28-34 pounds.
-Hemi Wheelchairsallow for adjustments from the standard wheelchair height to a hemi height. The lower hemi height, which is generally 15.5″ floor to seat, allows the seated user to easily propel their wheelchair with their feet. Also sometimes referred to as a petite wheelchair these chairs also allow for a better fit for users under 5’2″ tall.
–Heavy Duty or Bariatric wheelchairs have a reinforced heavy-duty frame that accommodates weight capacities ranging anywhere from 250 to 650 pounds depending on the brand of chair.
-Reclining Wheelchairsare similar to standard wheelchairs except that their backs can be reclined. The tall backs equipped with these chairs recline independently of the rest of the chair, allowing the user to lie back in a more comfortable position. Depending on the model, some models will recline back to a fully flat 180 degrees.