Wheelchairs where created to give the user the ability to propelled themselves without the help or need of another. Their design allows the user to grasp the outer rims of each wheel on either side of the wheelchair and utilize them for steering and propulsion. Two small wheels in the front (castors) and push handles (in the back) are also often added to allow non-occupants to propel the chair if necessary. Standard Wheelchair are intended for short term use and although seating systems can be added to the wheelchair this category isn't often chosen for those who will be using a wheelchair on a regular basis. The advantages of the standard wheelchair is it is sturdy and inexpensive. The disadvantages are they are heavy, are available in limited sizes, have few options available and no adjustability for comfort or to ease propulsion. The standard wheelchair is the type of wheelchair many department stores and institutions offer as loaner wheelchairs or wheelchair vendors will offer as rental wheelchairs for short term use.
Wheelchairs are available in many types and styles to serve the needs of a variety of people's needs. They can be basic transportation for some and only used occasionally as needed for distances or they can be custom built for users who require the use of a wheelchair for the entire day, every day. The weight of these wheelchairs make them difficult to use in any terrain other than flat, solid, smooth surfaces. While they can be propelled independently, they are more suited to situations where a caregiver of helper is Standard Lightweight Wheelchair around to help when needed.
- Seat Widths and Depths.
- Frames, Weight & Capacities.
- Casters, Wheels and Tires.
Pros And Cons Of Standard Wheelchairs:
- Lightweight – easier to push.
- Unlimited Range.
- In most cases they cost less.
- Easier to transport.
- Easier to maneuver.
- Allow for more physical activity.
- Heavy (for lifting & propelling).
- No adjustability.
- Few sizing options.
- Few accessories available.
- Difficult to make comfortable.