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Medline Guardian K1 Wheelchair With Swing-Away Leg Rests

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Item# Description Pkg reward$ Price Blank
Item #: K1166N22S
16" Wide Seat, Nylon, with Swing-Back Desk-Length Arms and Swing-Away Footrests
Item #: K1186N13S
18" Wide Seat, Nylon, with Full-Length Arms and Swing-Away Footrests
Item #: K1186N22S
18" Wide Seat, Nylon, with Swing-Back Desk-Length Arms and Swing-Away Footrests
Item #: K1206N22S
20" Wide Seat, Nylon, with Swing-Back Desk-Length Arms and Swing-Away Footrests
Item #: K1186V22S
18' Wide Seat, Vinyl, with Swing-Back Desk-Length Arms and Swing-Away Footrests

Medline Guardian K1 Wheelchair is constructed of a durable frame in hammertone finish and features comfortable nylon upholstery for patient comfort. It is designed with smooth-rolling, solid flat-free tires. It offers dual axle Hemi-height adjustability, which provides a better fit for shorter users and also enables easier self-propulsion.

Why choose Guardian K1 Wheelchair?

  • Durable steel frame in hammertone powder coat finish
  • Comfortable vinyl upholstery
  • Smooth-rolling, solid tires
  • Dual-axle Hemi-height adjustable
  • 300 lb. (136 kg) weight capacity

Features of Medline K1 Basic Wheelchair

  • Medline Guardian Wheelchair has a foldable design for effortless storage and transport
  • Wheelchair height can be adjusted between standard height and Hemi height
  • Padded armrests enrich user accommodation
  • Swing-away or elevating footrests available to suit your needs
  • Smooth-rolling tires ensure easy mobility
  • Guardian K1 Wheelchair fabric material: Nylon
  • Frame Material: Steel

Wheelchair Sizing Guide

  1. Determine Arm Type and Height
    • Full-length arm: Gives support to pivot transfers when the patient pushes off to stand.
    • Desk-length arm: Makes it easy to move around tables and desks.
    • Height: Measure from the elbow to the seat of the chair while holding arms up with elbows bent at a 90-degree angle. Use adjustable arms when possible.
  2. Determine Footrest Style
    • Elevated legrests: Raises legs
    • Articulation leg rest: Extends longer for taller patients.
    • Length: Measure from the back of the knee to the heel of the foot.
  3. Determine Wheelchair Weight and Weight Limit
    • Weight capacity: Choose a wheelchair weight based on the patient’s weight.
    • Upper body strength: Choose lighter wheelchairs for weaker patients.
  4. Determine Seat Size
    • Seat width: Measure from hip to hip in a straight line and add two inches.
    • Seat depth: Measure from the back of the hip to the back of the knee while seated and then subtract one inch.
  5. Determine Back Height
    • Standard back height: Measure from collarbone to the seat while seated.
    • Taller back height: Require additional upper trunk support to be installed.
  6. Determine Floor to Seat Height
    • Movement: Check if the patient uses their feet to propel or move.
    • Height: Measure the distance between the back of the knee and the heel.
Wheelchair Sizing Guide

What to buy with Medline Guardian Wheelchair

How to use the Guardian K1 Wheelchair?

How to open the wheelchair?

  1. Hold onto one armrest and push the opposite side to open the chair.
  2. With your fingers and thumbs pointed towards the inside of the wheelchair, push down on the seat to ensure the wheelchair is fully open.
  3. Ensure the seat tubing rests completely inside the seat cradles (if equipped).

Caution: Pinch points exist. Keep hands and fingers away from any moving parts. Do not sit in the wheelchair until the seat is open. Risk of injury may occur if care is not taken.

An alternative method to open the chair:

  1. Tilt the chair to one side by grasping the hand grip or arm nearest you.
  2. With fingers pointed away from the seat rail, push down on one side of the seat frame/rail until the wheelchair is fully open. Keep hands and fingers away from any moving parts.

How to close/fold Medline Guardian Wheelchair?

  1. Ensure the swing-away leg or footrests are in the forward and locked position.
  2. Fold the footplates up to the vertical position.
  3. Using both hands, grasp the center of the seat upholstery at the front and back edge and lift the seat up.

An alternative method to close the chair:

  1. Ensure the swing-away leg or footrests are in the forward and locked position. 
  2. Fold the footplates up to the vertical position.
  3. Grasp the handles/straps on each side of the seat.
  4. Pull up until the chair is fully closed.

Wheel locks

Push forward toward the front of the chair to lock.


  • Check the wheel locks to ensure proper function before using the chair.
  • Wheel locks should embed into the wheel at least 1/8" (3.2 mm) when engaged.
  • Engage the wheel locks on both wheels before entering the chair, leaving the chair, leaning forward in the chair, or while being transported in an elevator or a wheelchair lift.
  • Check to ensure that the legrests do not unlock the wheel locks when they are swung back.
  • Do not use the wheel locks to stop the wheelchair from moving. Wheel locks are no brakes. Do not use the wheel locks to slow your descent down an incline.

How to clean Medline Wheelchair?

  • Wipe off chrome/aluminum parts at least once per week using a clean, soft cloth.
  • Clean all metal parts with auto wax or similar products.
  • Dry the chair immediately if exposed to moisture.
  • Do not use abrasive cleanser or materials that will scratch the finish of the chair.
  • Clean the upholstery with a mild soap solution, rinse and wipe dry.
  • Clean the hand grips with water only and dry thoroughly. The use of soap or ammonia-based cleaning solutions may loosen the grips.

Maintenance Instructions for K1 Basic Wheelchair

  • General:
    • Inspect the entire wheelchair for broken parts, sharp edges, and loose fasteners.
    • Ensure that everything works and the chair rolls straight without drag and does not pull to one side.
    • Replace or tighten parts as needed. Inspect for bent frame and crossbars. 
    • Frame and Cross braces: Check that the frame and cross braces are not bent or dented.
    • Check the tubing for cracks and rust. If such issues are found, take the wheelchair to your local service dealer.
  • Upholstery:
    • Inspect for any rips, tears, or worn spots and replace them as necessary. 
    • Inspect the upholstery screws and ensure that all are present and tight. 
    • Torn or worn upholstery may not support the user’s weight and could result in a fall with serious bodily injury.
  • Armrests: Check for cracks, looseness, or sharp edges.
  • Hand grips: Ensure the hand grips are tight and secure on the handles. They should not move or twist.
  • Footrests / legrests:
    • Ensure the legrest assembly release works properly.
    • Ensure the assembly automatically locks securely into place when attached and will not accidentally unlock.
  • Front caster forks:
    • Verify the forks swivel freely without binding.
    • Check to ensure the casters roll freely by lifting the chair and spinning the castor.
    • The castor should come to a gradual stop. If the nut is too loose, the castor will flutter or shimmy.
    • If the nut is too tight, the chair will be difficult to steer.
    • Check the bearings and clean the fork stem housing.
  • Front casters and rear wheels:
    • Ensure the castor/wheel axle and nuts are tight.
    • The fork housing of the rear and front guardian wheelchair wheels is constructed with low maintenance, sealed bearings to keep dirt out and increase the durability of the chair.
    • Bearings are also protected with an additional bearing spacer component. 
    • Check that the wheels are not warped, cracked, or otherwise damaged and that the spokes are not broken.
    • Replace as needed. Assure that the wheels spin freely.
    • Replacement and maintenance of wheel bearings should be completed by a qualified wheelchair technician only.
  • Front and rear tires:
    • Solid tires require minimal maintenance.
    • They should occasionally be cleaned with a damp cloth.
    • Replace the tires if they become cracked, excessively worn, or have flat spots.

Medline K1 Basic Wheelchair User Manual

Medline Guardian Wheelchair Specifications

Particulars Values
Product Weight 38 lb - 40 lb
Overall Height 36.5"
Seat to Floor Height 19"
Back Height 16"
Seat Depth 16"
Seat Width 16", 18" or 20"
Overall Width 16" seat is 24.5"; 18" seat is 26"; 20" seat is 28.5"
Rear Wheel Size 24"
Caster Size 8"
Axle Type Dual
Arm Length Desk Length


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