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What is a Standard Wheelchair?

A standard wheelchair is a manual wheelchair with basic features and does not give much room for specifications of size or usage. However, these manual wheelchairs can be personalized with options such as folding, built-in or removable armrests, swing-away footrests, and many more. The standard wheelchair weighs 35 to 40 pounds with large self-propel wheels in the back, small wheels in the front, and push handles to allow the attendant to propel the chair.

Standard wheelchairs are the popular choice of healthcare facilities due to their simplicity, reliability, low cost, and strength. The framework of a standard wheelchair is made of steel, and the upholstery is made from heavy vinyl material; hence they are durable and last longer. Clinics, nursing homes, and various other institutions opt for these wheelchairs for transporting their patients.

Features of Standard Wheelchairs

  1. Standard Wheelchairs can be self-propelled or attendant propelled. Large wheels facilitate self-propulsion while attendant handle with hand breaks allow caregivers to propel the chair.

  2. Standard Wheelchairs possess a weight capacity of around 250 – 300 lbs. with seat widths ranging from 16” to 20”.

  3. These wheelchairs feature desk length armrests that can easily slide under any desk. Some models feature flip-up armrests that allow for easy transfers.

  4. Flip away footrests provide for a variety of mobility option. 

  5. Standard wheelchairs have small wheels in the front to enhance maneuverability and can easily glide over solid ramps or wheelchair ramps.

  6. Folding design allows standard wheelchairs to be stored in the trunk of a car or to take along on an airplane.

How to choose a Standard Wheelchair?

The selection depends upon many factors like who will operate the wheelchair, the amount of time the chair will be in use daily, lifestyle activities, immediate needs, the situation and condition of the patients. For those who need both self-propulsion and assistance simultaneously can opt for a dual axle position that allows repositioning of the large rear wheels with casters for both adult and hemi seat-to-floor heights like Medline Guardian K1 Wheelchair.

For those who require sitting on desks or tables may choose wheelchairs with adjustable desk length arm that also flip out of the way for easy transfers. Some patients may require a heavy duty wheelchair with a sturdy frame to accommodate their weight with safety. The Invacare Tracer SX5 Wheelchair is the ideal chair with long-lasting heavy-duty triple chrome-plated carbon steel frame.

Where to buy a Standard Wheelchair online?

Health Products For You offers sturdy and durable standard wheelchairs from top-selling manufacturers like Nova-Ortho Medical, Medline Industries, Invacare, etc., at the best prices. Place your order today!

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