Wheelchairs have many classifications as well as various configurations within those classifications. Below describes the basics for the various wheelchair classes and briefly examines the purpose of each class.
Manual wheelchairs are propelled by the user of the chair or, in the case of transport chairs, pushed by someone walking behind the wheelchair. Manual wheelchairs are broken down in a few different ways. Either by style - transport, folding frame or rigid frame, by weight - standard weight, lightweight, ultralight weight or heavy duty, or by frame material - steel, aluminum, titanium or carbon composite.
Power wheelchairs are battery powered that can be controlled by the wheelchair user or a nearby caregiver. Unlike the manual wheelchairs, power wheelchairs exert all the energy to propel the wheelchair making it significantly easier for individuals with severe disability or mobility loss to be independent again.
Pediatric wheelchairs are specifically designed for kids. These typically are just smaller versions of adult wheelchairs, but many come with additional positioning devices or other options that allow for them to work better with a child. These wheelchairs also tend to have more adjustablility options so they can be adjusted to met the needs of the user as they grow.
Positioning wheelchairs allow for proper positioning of the user while seated to aid their body when it comes to things like respiration, digestion, circulation. These chairs can also be adjusted to help relieve pressure on bony parts of the body or prevent pressure sores.
In addition to the wheelchairs in this category, we have a number of wheelchair accessories, positioning devices and ramps available to further address any unmet needs of the user.