Manual Wheelchairs: The Benefits of Owning One 


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If you or a loved one has been dealing with mobility issues, you may be considering purchasing a manual wheelchair. Wheelchairs offer people with limited mobility to get around quickly and without assistance. Unfortunately, there are many different wheelchairs on the market, so it can be challenging to decide which one is right for you. This blog post will discuss the benefits of owning a manual wheelchair. 

We will also provide tips on choosing a suitable wheelchair and using and caring for it. Finally, we will provide a list of resources for those who need additional support. 

What are manual wheelchairs?

Manual wheelchairs are chairs that rely on the user’s strength to move them around. They typically have two large wheels at the back and one small wheel at the front. Manual wheelchairs come in both standard and transportable models. Standard models are heavier and more durable, while portable models are lighter and folded up for easy storage or transportation. 

The benefits of owning a manual wheelchair include:

  • Independence: A manual wheelchair gives you the freedom to go where you want without assistance. 
  • Mobility: A manual wheelchair allows you to move around quickly, both indoors and outdoors. 
  • Versatility: A manual wheelchair can be used for various activities, including traveling, shopping, and going to the doctor’s office. 

How to choose the right manual wheelchair for you

When choosing a manual wheelchair, it is essential to consider your needs and preferences. Some factors to consider include: 

  • The type of terrain you will be using the wheelchair on (e.g., indoor or outdoor) 
  • Your weight and size 
  • The type of activities you plan to use the wheelchair for (e.g., traveling, shopping, etc.) 
  • Whether you need a standard or transportable model 

How to use and care for your manual wheelchair

Once you have chosen the right manual wheelchair, it is essential to know how to use and care for it. Here are some tips: 

  • When using your wheelchair, always wear appropriate clothing and shoes. However, avoid wearing clothes that will get caught on the wheels or brakes. 
  • To move the wheelchair forward, push down on the large rear wheels. To move it backward, pull up on the small front wheel. 
  • When traveling with your wheelchair, be sure to pack all of its components (e.g., seat cushion, backrest, etc.) separately so they do not get damaged. 
  • Always check the condition of your wheelchair before using it, and make sure to replace any parts that are worn or damaged. 

Tips for traveling with a manual wheelchair

If you plan to travel with your manual wheelchair, here are some tips to make the process easier: 

  • Make sure to notify your airline in advance that you will be traveling in a wheelchair. This will ensure that they have enough space to board the plane. 
  • Pack all of the components of your wheelchair separately, so they do not get damaged during transit. 
  • When checking in at the airport, ask for help transporting your wheelchair to and from the gate. 
  • If you need to change planes during your trip, be sure to let the airline staff know so they can arrange for someone to help transfer your wheelchair between planes. 

Where to find support if you need it

If you need additional support, there are a variety of resources available. Here are some helpful links: 

The National Wheelchair Basketball Association 

The National Wheelchair Curling Association 

The Canadian Paraplegic Association 


Owning a manual wheelchair has many benefits, including Independence; Increased Mobility; Improved Quality of Life. 

-If you are considering purchasing a manual wheelchair, it is crucial to consider your needs and lifestyle. Some factors include terrain, weight capacity, portability, and budget. We hope this blog post provided you with the information you need to make an informed decision about which type of wheelchair is right for you or your loved one. 

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