Nowadays there are several types and many designs of wheelchair on the market and you need information to be able to make a sensible decision. Manual wheelchairs consist of a rigid frame or, alternatively, an x-frame mechanism by which they can be folded inwards when not in use. They are either propelled by the occupant or pushed by a helper. Light, folding models are easily transportable.
Standard wheelchairs are lightweight and are suitable for individuals who weigh up to about 100kgs, although more robust or wider models can be provided for larger users. Some chairs are capable of reclining to afford the occupant a more recumbent position.
So what information do you need in order to choose the type of wheelchair that is most suitable for you?
As with any important purchase, have information to hand. Consider also how much the equipment will be used, whether indoors or outdoors, and in what situations. For many users, neck support, armrests and/or footrests will be required.
Seat size is one of the most important considerations. Measure the width, depth and height needed, remembering to add enough height in the backrest to accommodate a cushion if required. The depth should be sufficient to provide support yet not be so great that the backs of the knees rub uncomfortably against the seat.