Frequently Asked Questions on Reclining Back Wheelchairs


Who needs high back reclining wheelchairs?

Reclining back wheelchairs are designed to accommodate patients with severe hip extension contractures, orthostatic hypotension, and for those in need of pressure re-distribution for prevention of skin breakdown.

What are ELR''s (Elevating Legrests)?

Elevating legrests are used to reposition the users legs for increased comfort while the wheelchair is in a reclined position. These come standard with some of the recline wheelchairs while in others they need to be purchase seperately.

How is a reclining wheelchair different from a tilt in space wheelchair?

A reclining wheelchair comes with an adjustable high backrest that allows the chair to be in a reclined position when combined with elevating legrests. It is an apt wheelchair for people with skin breakdown issues. A tilt wheelchair can tilt from 0° to 40° without a tilt in the wheels. The frame of such wheelchair is heavy but sturdy. It is a great option for people with a forward leaning posture.

What is the difference between a standard and a reclining wheelchair?

The basic difference between a standard wheelchair and a reclining wheelchair is the reclining feature. Reclining wheelchairs feature an extended backrest to support the head, calf panels and elevating legrests to support the legs while in the reclining position.

How to choose reclining wheelchairs?

While choosing a reclining wheelchair one must consider the following:

  • Adjustable Armrests – The armrests should flip up or sideways for effective and safe transfers.
  • Solid seat pan and cushion – The seat pan must be solid for better support. The seat cushion must be soft and comfortable to prevent pressure sores. Tilt Feature – This feature comes standard in some models. It helps in preventing skin breakdown by evenly distributing the weight.
  • Anti-Tipping Feature – The anti-tipping feature can prevent the chair from tipping backwards accidentally.
What are ELR''s (Elevating Legrests)?

Elevating legrests are used to reposition the users legs for increased comfort while the wheelchair is in a reclined position. These come standard with some of the recline wheelchairs while in others they need to be purchase seperately.