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Manual wheelchairs: You want to buy a foldable, standard or lightweight wheelchair? This is how you find the right model...

Manual wheelchairs can be distinguished here by the load capacity, dimensions and class or functionality. The wheelchairs themselves are controlled by handrims (1) on the sides. The front, control rollers (2) are here 360 ° rotatable and important for the direction.

Further decisive are the dimensions seat width, seat height, height of the backrest (3) and the seat depth (4). Handles (5) provide a control option from behind. An additional brake (drum brake) can also be mounted on the handles. The height of the armrests (6) can be adjusted separately on some models.

The seat width (7) should provide support without constricting. The seat height should be adjusted so that the thigh rests comfortably or loosely and evenly with the feet resting on the footrests or pedals (8).

For the appropriate seat depth, sit up to the backrest: now the seat should reach the back of the knees. The height of the backrest should be such that it offers freedom of movement for the shoulders, so that you can operate the wheelchair well from the side.

The specified load capacity in kg should be above your own weight and is usually specified as up to 130 or even 150 kg. The weight of the wheelchairs is usually between 16 and 22 kg, but can also vary per model. 


In addition, there are seat cushions, reflectors and most parts are also available as replacements for repair. Manual wheelchairs are usually foldable so that they take up less space. The type of brake is also important: with drum brakes, accompanying persons need less force to control the movement. This is particularly useful on sloping terrain or during longer walks.

Here you should also pay attention to the operation: Obstacles are usually easier to overcome in reverse, i.e. by pulling the wheelchair after tilting, instead of pushing it forwards over an obstacle. When pushing the wheelchair forwards, it is easy to fall out of the wheelchair, so this is not recommended. Tilting backwards is also easier when supported by the lower part of the wheelchair frame. By shifting the centre of gravity backwards, which is easier this way, the wheelchair is easier to handle in case of obstacles.



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