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Transport Chair vs Wheelchair

Choosing the Right Mobility: Explore the differences between a Transport Chair and a Wheelchair. Clear, straightforward insights to help you make the best transportation decisions for your needs.

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Understanding Your Options

Choosing the Right Chair for You

Embarking on a journey of clarity, it’s crucial to comprehend the nuances between a Transport Chair and a Wheelchair. 

These mobility aids serve distinct purposes, and understanding their differences empowers you to make informed choices that cater to your unique needs. 

As we delve into the specifics of each, discover the features that define comfort, mobility, and ease of use. 

Let’s navigate this exploration together, ensuring your path to mobility aligns seamlessly with your preferences.

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1. Fitted with four small wheels, rear wheels are fixed (do not swivel).
2. Requires the assistance of another person to push the chair from behind
3. Lightweight and easy to store, the chair is designed to fold compactly in size
4. Narrow frames allow the chair to easily pass through most doors and aisles
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1. Fitted with four wheels, two small front wheels and two larger rear tires topped with rotating handrails
2. Self-propelling, hand rims on rear wheels allow users to push themselves forward
3. Chair is built of heavy-duty reinforced steel construction for prolonged use
4. Features a wide range of accessories: trays, cup holders, bags, cushions, oxygen attachments, etc.

Safely Maneuvering Your Journey

There is also a significant difference between braking systems. Wheelchairs often feature a push-lock wheel mechanism, locking the chair in place for users to safely enter or exit the chair. Transport chairs are equipped with brakes on the handles located on the back of the chair. This feature enables the person pushing the chair to apply the brakes more easily. Handbrakes help navigate steep slopes and a wider variety of outdoor terrains.
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DO NOT use the transport chair in a vehicle for transport. Transport chairs have not been approved as a seat surface to be used within a vehicle of any kind. Always transfer the transport chair user to an approved vehicle seat and use restraints available from the auto industry for this application.