If you or your loved one needs a mobility device that’s affordable, lightweight, and travel-friendly, then a transport chair might be the perfect solution. These easy-to-use wheeled chairs are ideal for use in situations where a full-sized wheelchair simply isn’t practical, as well as for individuals who need some extra support while traveling distances that are too far to walk.
Transport Chairs vs. Wheelchairs – What’s the Difference?
While both transport chairs and wheelchairs are wheeled mobility devices, there’s some distinct differences between the two.
In general, wheelchairs are larger, heavier, and more expensive than transport chairs are. Depending on the model, a standard wheelchair may not be foldable, making it difficult to load into most passenger cars, vans, and SUVs. Additionally, wheelchairs tend to be designed to be propelled by either the user or a caregiver.
By comparison, transport chairs, also known as companion chairs, are made to be easily folded up so they can be placed inside virtually any vehicle. These chairs also tend to weigh much less than standard wheelchairs do with many models starting at under 20 lbs., so it takes very little effort to lift a transport chair into the trunk of a car. Unlike regular wheelchairs, all four wheels on a transport chair are often the same or similar size, so these devices aren’t meant to be self-propelled.
Wide Range of Seat Sizes
You might be surprised to learn that transport chairs come in a wide range of sizes designed to fit most users. The ergonomic Strongback Excursion 12S+ is an eye-catching model with a 16″ wide seat, while larger users will appreciate the generous 22″ seat width and 400 lb. capacity of the sturdy Nova 22 transport chair.
What’s the Weight Capacity of Transport Chairs?
Here at Alpine Home Medical, one of the most common concerns we hear about transport chairs is the weight capacity. The good news is that thanks their ultra-strong, lightweight aluminum frames, many folding transport chairs are rated for users weighing 300 lbs., including the Nova 19″ Model 352, and the sleek, modern Strongback Excursion 12+.
Need a Rollator Too? Look at Hybrid Rollator/Transport Chairs
We know that many people who use transport chairs are often able to walk short distances with support, and that’s why we’re happy to offer a number of hybrid rollator/transport chairs.
These innovative mobility devices combine the best features of both a transport chair and a regular four-wheeled rollator into one simple, high-quality package. Users can ambulate independently, use the seat to take a rest, or make a few quick tool-free adjustments to quickly transform the device into a comfortable, user-friendly transport chair.
Contact Us for More Information
To learn more about choosing the ideal transport chair, give our mobility device specialists a call here at Alpine Home Medical.