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What's the Best Type Of Chair Transport Wheel, Or Wheelchair, For You?

Aug 18, 2007
There are so many different types of wheelchairs out there it can be hard to decide which one is the best for you. For people with disabilities, illnesses, or injuries which inhibit their ability to walk and allow themselves to travel by foot, the wheel chair or the chair transport wheel is a definite advantage.

The wheelchair or the chair transport wheel has been around for a while, dating as far back as the 1670's. Since the time it began to enter mainstream use, the wheelchair or chair transport wheel has slowly been modified to accommodate several types of users. The original design is still functional in today's world, however and is still very popular.

The classic wheelchair or chair transport wheel is moved through the use of the hands and upper limbs of the occupant. Usually, the chair is propelled by rotating the rear wheels of the wheelchair which usually measure anywhere from around 20 to 26 inches in diameter. This type of chair transport wheel design is what is most commonly used by those with disabilities who constantly need to move on their own while in a wheelchair.

There are also wheel chairs which can be propelled by an attendant. These attendant propelled wheelchairs require an attendant in order for the occupant to become mobile. As these chairs need an attendant, they do not have the over-sized wheels of self-propelled wheelchairs. Usually, these wheelchairs are used in hospitals as a temporary vehicle for transporting weakened but non-critical patients from one area of the hospital to another.

The motored chair transport wheel is, perhaps the most convenient wheelchair for those who find it necessary to use wheelchairs. These chairs have electronic, electrical and mechanical gear loaded on to the chair which allows the chair to propel itself without the occupant having to exert too much effort. A motored chair transport wheel has its own high torque motor which allows the chair to have enough strength to propel itself along with its occupant.

It also has its own batteries which should be able to last as long as the occupant finds it necessary to use the wheelchair. The added electronic peripherals such as the control stick also make the wheelchair easier to handle but is quite complicated. All of this adds up to quite a hefty price. However, with a little comparison shopping, its easy to find a new or used wheelchair for a great price.
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