A BMI (Body Mass Index) of 18.5 to 24.9 is considered healthy. BMI of 30 or higher pertains to people who are obese. Bariatric wheelchairs are designed help users who are more than a 100 pounds overweight with a BMI of 30 or above, and those who are living with a condition that impairs their mobility to maintain their independence like cardiopulmonary or cardiovascular disease and osteoarthritis of the lower extremities. Bariatric wheelchairs may also be used by patients with severe spasticity problems caused by neuromuscular or musculoskeletal issues whose involuntary movements puts them at risk for damaging or tipping from a standard wheelchair.
Heavy Duty Manual wheelchairs or bariatric wheelchairs differ in many ways, from standard wheelchairs, to accommodate the larger size and weight of the user. Some of the differences are listed below:
Seat Widths and Depths – HD manual Wheelchairs come with a seat width ranging from 20” – 30” and a seat depth of 18” – 24”. You can select a model that suits your requirement. Wheelchairs like Drive Bariatric Sentra EC Heavy-Duty Extra Wide Wheelchair comes with a full 30” Seat width.
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Bariatric wheelchairs provide all the desired features to accommodate heavy weight individuals in a safe and effective manner. These include extra weight capacity, reinforced cross braces, or simply a wider seat pan or seat width, and various other design features to ensure that there is reliable durability to handle the extra support. Weight capacity of these heavy duty wheelchairs is over 550 lbs and they are upto 30? in seat width.
Bariatric wheelchairs offer features that provide a good deal of independence to the bariatric patient. It eases the burden on their caregivers as the patients can manage some of the daily tasks by themselves.
Bariatric wheelchairs are designed for users who require extra space for the ultimate comfort. Heavy duty wheelchairs are specifically for users with a larger body frame.
The main difference between standard and heavy duty manual wheelchairs is the extended weight capacity of the latter. The Seats of a HD wheelchair are made of reinforced material to provide extra support and comfort. Bariatric wheelchairs are extra wide to accommodate larger individuals. The frame of theses chairs are made of heavy duty PVC material or Lightweight reinforced metal tubing for extra safety.