Lightweight Wheelchairs FAQs
1. What is a lightweight wheelchair?
Lightweight wheelchairs combine all the best features of standard, manually-driven wheelchairs but at half the weight! Typical wheelchairs frames are titanium, a durable but heavy material: this can make movement difficult and put unnecessary strain on the body.
However, self-propelled aluminium wheelchairs are much more portable and comfortable. Choose from Millercare’s range of lightweight wheelchairs, with cutting-edge models from some of the industry’s most innovative manufacturers.
2. Who would benefit from using a lightweight wheelchair?
Are you looking for a wheelchair with improved manoeuvrability? Perhaps you struggle to get around your home in a titanium self-propelled wheelchair.
Lightweight wheelchairs are the perfect solution. They are excellent for use indoors, with sleek trims designed to maximise space and make daily tasks easier. If you’re an avid traveller, many lightweight wheelchairs are collapsable. They can be easily stored and transported in a car or hold of a plane.
When you’re looking to travel on different terrains for long periods, the lightweight wheelchair’s accommodating frame can relieve unnecessary strain on your arms and keep you outdoors for longer.
3. What are the advantages of using a lightweight wheelchair?
Lightweight wheelchairs are highly versatile and come with various customisable features. You can choose the size, model and weight that works best for your lifestyle.
Rest assured that you’ll have the strength to operate one of Miller Care’s ultra-lightweight wheelchairs. Their cutting-edge materials and durable aluminium frame will make you feel safe and confident.
Lightweight wheelchairs are a long-term investment, whether you choose a cost-effective model or a more expensive product. Propel yourself in a modern design that will meet your individual needs and increase your independence.
4. What should I consider when choosing a lightweight wheelchair?
When browsing for lightweight wheelchairs, there are three main things to consider. First is the weight of your chair.
Our Miller Care lightweight wheelchairs weigh between 9.8-15.2 kg, which is a far cry from the standard weight of titanium wheelchairs (these can weigh between 10.5-19 kg!) The lighter your wheelchair, the easier it will be to move around.
If you’re an active person looking for a chair that can provide speed and security, a model on the lighter end of the scale will be just right.
Next, you should consider how often you’ll use your lightweight wheelchair. If this will be your primary mode of transport, ensure your chosen model is suited for every day and not infrequent use. Otherwise, you may find its quality deteriorates faster than expected.
Last, you should consider how you’ll store your wheelchair when transporting it elsewhere. If you have a small car trunk, choose a model with detachable armrests, footrests and even wheels for maximum portability.
5. How do I maintain a lightweight wheelchair?
Regular maintenance of your lightweight wheelchair will keep it in peak condition. Whilst taking your wheelchair to be serviced by a professional is vital, there are some checks you can perform at home to ensure your safety.
Use an antibacterial detergent and wipe the frame of your wheelchair to keep it clean: this is particularly important if you use your lightweight wheelchair both outside and indoors. Prevent mud and debris from spreading around your home by giving your wheelchair a quick swipe with detergent.
When you’re not using your wheelchair, store it somewhere safe, dry and out of the sunlight.