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Do you know the difference between the two? Most people do not. We get calls every day from someone asking for a wheelchair but really wanting a transport chair or vice versa. Each person’s individual needs and capabilities are the determining factors as to which item is best for them. At People’s Choice Medical Supplies, we like to educate our customers so that they get the correct item to suit their individual needs.
A Wheel Chair is the most common item that people know and are used to seeing. They are everywhere. In the hospital that is what you have pushed around in. To get a little more specific, a wheelchair has the large wheels on the side and is meant for the person using it to manually push themselves around. To tell if this is the best item for you, number 1 must be true then at least one of the following numbers 2 – 4 should also be true:
- A Wheel Chair starts at around 35lbs and goes up from there depending on the size chair needed. So, whoever is putting this item in or out of the car needs to be able to handle that type of weight. (It is a misconception that you can get a lightweight wheelchair (under 35lbs) unless you are customizing one and/or willing to spend quite a bit of money out of pocket.
- The patient must have some strength in their arms to be able to manage to move the large wheels to get around.
- The patient has an injury that requires them to have their leg(s) elevated. You can only put ELRs (elevated Leg Rests) on a wheelchair.
- The patient will be in the chair for extended periods of time and will require a chair that reclines. You would then need a reclining wheelchair.
If none of the above applies to you then a Transport Chair may be exactly what you are looking for.
A Transport Chair is similar to a Wheel Chair but with two major differences. To get a little more specific about the differences, a Transport Chair does not have the large wheels on the side and the weight on a transport chair is much lighter. They are 26lbs for a steel one, 19lbs for a lightweight and 14lbs for an Ultra-lightweight Transport Chair. To tell if this is the best item for you, see if the below is true and fits your needs:
- You need a chair that you are able to lift easily in and out of a car.
- A transport chair can be broken down into such a way that it can easily fit into the trunk or back seat of most vehicles.
- The person that is using the chair is going to be pushed around by an aid or family member and cannot use the large wheel on a wheelchair to get around manually.
- They do not need ELRs to elevate the leg(s) due to an injury (these cannot be placed on a transport chair as they create a tipping risk)
Whatever your needs may be, we here at People’s Choice Medical Supplies are here to assist you in every way. We are more than happy to answer any and all of your questions. Please feel free to contact us through our website at WWW.PCMS-FL.COM or call us at (754) 307-5001.