Mobility aids include things like wheelchairs. They can be pushed by a helper or self-propelled by the user. Some wheelchairs have special features like reclining or tilting to position you comfortably. Many can be folded for storage and transported in a regular sized car.
What Kinds of Manual Wheeled Mobility Aids Are There?
Manual wheelchairs come in different styles and weights. A physical therapist or other seating specialist can help match you to one that is a good fit.
Transport wheelchairs are meant for short periods of use. The seat and back are made of cloth instead of a solid frame. Handles on the back let a helper push the chair.
Adaptive strollers are available for all ages. They are a safe alternative to transport wheelchairs for people who may need more support.
Evacuation chairs, also called stair chairs, help people get out of the building in an emergency. They may have treads (like a tank) in addition to wheels, so that they can go up and down stairs safely. One or more helpers must push the evacuation chair.
Other Specialized Wheelchairs
Some wheelchairs are designed for specific activities. There are waterproof wheelchairs with larger wheels that can go on the beach. There are also many wheelchairs for sports, such as basketball wheelchairs.