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Wheelchairs

We offer an extensive range of high quality and lightweight wheelchairs. All our chairs are reliable and tested to the highest standards. Essential Aids wheelchairs (UK) has established a reputation for supplying the best models on the market at affordable prices. We offer both self-propelled wheelchairs and models which require an assistant to push. If you are looking to buy a wheelchair or wheelchair accessories, we are here to help.

We offer an extensive range of high quality and lightweight wheelchairs. All our chairs are reliable and tested to the highest standards. Essential Aids wheelchairs (UK) has established a reputation for supplying the

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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a wheelchair?

A wheelchair is essentially a mobile chair, which enables the transport of an individual sitting in it.

Most commonly used wheelchairs have four wheels, two at the front and two at the rear.

Manual wheelchairs have two broad categories - transit or 'attendant-propelled' chairs and 'self-propelled' models.

The former requires the help of a second person to push the wheelchair, while the second is propelled by the person sitting in it.

Who might use a wheelchair?

Wheelchairs are fundamental mobility aids for people unable to walk unaided.

This may be because of illness, disability, or another condition preventing or inhibiting their mobility and particularly the lower limbs.

What are attendant-propelled wheelchairs?

These chairs have small wheels at the rear and the front, and require the help of a second person in order to propel them.

They have two handles with which the attendant pushes and steers the wheelchair.

Transit wheelchairs - these are versions of the attendant propelled models which are specifically designed for use in vehicles.

They are crash tested and have straps to allow them to be tied down, along with seat-belts and hand brakes.

What are self-propelling wheelchairs?

These wheelchairs are the familiar design with two small front wheels, and a pair of much larger wheels at the back.

The rear wheels have a second 'rim' which the person in the chair can manually rotate from their sitting position.

The user is able to access the wheels by reaching down from the armrests as they sit in the wheelchair.

Do wheelchairs have footrests?

Yes, most models have footrests.

These prevent feet dragging on the ground or getting caught up under the wheelchair.

Typically, footrests are mounted on metal arms to position them perfectly where the user's feet hang down in front of the seat.

Wheelchair footrests can usually be flipped up and out of the way, should that be required.

Some footrests have heel straps, preventing the foot sliding off backwards.

What kind of brakes do wheelchairs have?

Self-propelling wheelchairs have readily accessible brakes for each wheel.

These are usually either 'scissor brakes', 'pull-to-lock' or 'push-to-lock brakes'.

In most cases, the brakes are mounted at the front of the large rear wheels, making them easy to reach for the person sitting in the wheelchair.

Attendant propelled wheelchairs often have brake levers located on the pushing handles.

Some wheelchairs have brake levers on the pushing handles as well as those on the wheels themselves.

What sizes do wheelchairs come in?

Wheelchairs range in seat width and this will be detailed in the specific product's description.

The standard seat width ranges from around 16 inches to around 20 inches.

There are some bariatric wheelchairs with a seat width of 22 inches plus.

Can I buy accessories for a wheelchair?

Yes, there are a whole range of wheelchair accessories, along with a specific section devoted to wheelchair bags, and wheelchair cushions.

Are wheelchairs available for obese people?

Yes, bariatric wheelchairs are widely available, with user weight tolerances and measurements far above those of standard models.

Both attendant propelled and self-propelled versions are available..




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