Heavy Duty Wheelchairs

Heavy Duty WheelchairsThere are many ways in which a person with disabilities and physical mobility issues can get from A to B in this day and age. But bay far the most common method of personal transportation is the humble wheel chair. They come in many different designs as well as sizes, with light, heavy or miedium weighted devices available for specific uses and to cater for the indidual needs of the user.

So in this article we'll take a brief look at heavy duty wheelchairs and where they are needed most. This is not an in-depth look, but just an overview with a view to expanding upon this subject at a later date.


Of course the obvious use for heavy duty wheelchairs are for those users who have become very overweight or obese. This often happens directly due to the lack of exercise that their conditions bring about as it is sometimes simply not possible to engage in any form of meaningful exercise depending upon the severity of the physical handicap suffered by the user.

In this case, then a heavy chassis and running gear are needed to cope with the extra weight of the user so that they can still get about in safety and comfort that the more lightweight wheelchairs would not be able to fulfill sufficiently.


The additional bracing and strengthening that is needed for these types of chairs comes with the trade off that they are in themselves much heavier than regular or lightweight models and are therefore that much more difficult to push around. For this reason, the fitter and stronger helpers are required to assist for safety reasons.

In some cases, when a wheelchair user needs a heavy duty version, the better option is to go for a motorized wheelchair. These devices are built to take the extra weight in their stride while negating the need for a helper and providing freedom and a modicum of additional dignity for the user.

But that will be a subject for a separate article or two.

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