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Manual Mobility: 4 Different Types Of Manual Wheelchairs Explained
Manual Mobility: 4 Different Types Of Manual Wheelchairs Explained


Around 3.6 million people over the age of 15 require the use of a wheelchair in this country. Manual wheelchairs can significantly increase mobility for these individuals, but with so many to choose from, the decision can seem a little overwhelming. We're going to lay out four different types and styles of these wheelchairs -- along with their price points -- to help ease the process.

  • Economy: Economy wheelchairs are the cheapest ones available. They frequently have folding steel frames and all the basic necessities (such as calf straps for wheelchairs, wheelchair footrests, etc.), but lack any customizable options; they cannot be modified or adjusted beyond the foot plate height, but make great options for short-term use. Average cost: $150 to $300.

  • Standard: Standard wheelchairs are, well, standard. Their heavier frames can stand up to a certain amount of misuse and abuse (hence why they're usually found in institutions where multiple people will use them), but otherwise are very similar to economy chairs. Average cost: $450 to $1,000.

  • Lightweight: As their namesake suggests, these chairs have lighter folding aluminum frames and come in a variety of sizes and options. They are designed for frequent use by a single user: pretty much every aspect (size and type of wheels, seat height, seat width, color of calf straps for wheelchairs, upholstery color, footrest, etc) is adjustable and customizable to suit your needs and preferences. As you can guess, that translates in the cost. Average cost: $900 base price, $1,200 to $2,000 with options.

  • Rigid: Rigid wheelchairs can't fold and may have frames that are made of titanium (or other exotic, durable materials), which is extremely light and very strong. Although they have few options, they're ideal for teens and adults who lead very active lives that demand a solid, rugged wheelchair. Since they're made with a specific user and purpose in mind, the prices can vary greatly based on different factors. Average cost: $2,000 to $10,000.

If you or a loved one are dependent on a wheelchair to support your lifestyle, we hope this information clarified any questions or concerns you may have had.

For any further queries, please contact DME Hub at (855)339-5155.

Product Code: 978-POST-12-31-2018

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