What Is a Lightweight Portable Wheelchair?

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With so many options available, you're sure to have a lot of questions about finding the right lightweight portable wheelchair for yourself or your loved one. Here, we offer a comprehensive guide that is sure to answer any questions you may have.

What Is a Lightweight Portable Wheelchair?

A lightweight portable wheelchair is a less-bulky alternative to a traditional wheelchair. It's often made from lighter material, which makes it easier to maneuver than a typical wheelchair. This makes travel and storage much more manageable.

Who Can Use a Lightweight Transport Wheelchair?

Many people who have mild to moderate trouble with mobility, whether it's permanent or temporary, can use a lightweight transport wheelchair. 

For people who are unable to walk for long amounts of time, a transport wheelchair makes it possible to go on longer excursions without risk of a fall or injury. It can be especially helpful for elderly people. 

If you're recovering from an injury, such as a broken leg or twisted ankle, transport wheelchairs make getting around much easier.

What Features Should I Look For in a Lightweight Wheelchair?

Luckily, technology makes it possible to customize a wheelchair especially for you. Depending on what you want or need out of your wheelchair, here are some aspects to consider before making your purchase. 

Wheelchair Materials

As mentioned before, standard wheelchairs are made out of heavy steel. Aluminum is the most common material for a lightweight portable wheelchair. It's also the most affordable choice, though it is more prone to structural damage over time.

The most recent addition to the wheelchair material market is carbon fiber. Though it is extremely lightweight, it is more likely to get damaged and can be difficult to mold into shape.

Titanium provides a smooth ride thanks to its ability to reduce vibrations. It is also much stronger than aluminum and does not corrode as easily. Titanium wheelchairs are known to last, even with extensive use.

What Are the Benefits of a Light Portable Wheelchair?

Lightweight wheelchairs weigh around 20 pounds, making it easier for the user to get around since it takes less effort to move the wheelchair forward.

Oftentimes they're foldable, too, which makes storage a breeze. The less time you have to worry about storing your wheelchair on a plane, bus, or car, the more time you have to experience life. Plus, the sleek design of lightweight wheelchairs enables users to get themselves closer to the car while entering or exiting whether or not you're using a transfer seat.

I Have More Questions about Lightweight Portable Wheelchairs

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