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Wheelchair Guides

At the Wheelchair Company we are constantly answering questions and giving advise on wheelchair selection and wheelchair accessories. We have documented much of this information and now made it available in the form of brief mobility guides which cover most aspects relevant to disabled and mobility equipment users particularly users of electric wheelchairs, self propelled or manual wheelchairs, transit wheelchairs, sports wheelchairs and children's wheelchairs. All the information presented represents our own thoughts and remains the copyrighted property of the Wheelchair Company and cannot be replicated in any form without our explicit permission.

If you have any questions of require additional advice please feel free to contact us at where we will do out best to assist. These informal mobility guides are being continually updated so please feel free to return to our site for information.

We hope to be adding more articles in weeks and months to come so hope you find the information useful.

Brief wheelchair history

Read about wheelchairs from their fisrt siteing as far back as the 16th Century when Spain's King Phillip was the owner of a rolling chair or France's King Louis XIV also had one while recovering from a leg operation. It is thought that many craftsmen also developed their own types of wheelchairs. Read more here

Self propelled or electric wheelchairs

If you are undecided as to which type of wheelchair to go for this article points out the features and benefits of self propelled wheelchairs and electric wheelchairs or power chairs as they're sometimes refrred to. The choice of type of wheelchair depends on the users lifestyle and personal preferences but this article may help you make your mind up. Read more here.

Bariatric or heavy duty wheelchairs

Here we present a list of considerations that you may like to consider if you are looking for a bariatric wheelchair. Baiatric or heavy duty wheelchairs are in greater demand than ever, so we look in to the importnat things to look for when buying a wheelchair for the larger user. Read more here

Selecting a sports wheelchair

There are many things to consider when you are looking for any wheelchair but even more considerations when buying a sports wheelchair. If you are in a position to buy a sports wheelchair purely for sport use then the criteria may be different than if you plan to use the new wheelchair for everyday use as well as for active sports. In addition to this other factors are your physical size and build and what you intend to use the sports wheelchair for. Read more here.

Wheelchairs buyers guide

With so many wheelchairs to choose from you may think it impossible to select the right wheelchair for your needs. Don't worry we're here to help and have written a brief guide to buying a wheelchair to assist you in making the right decision. We explain the basics and the features you may like to consider when selecting your new wheelchair. Please note this guide doesn't include electric wheelchairs. Read more here.

Common wheelchair questions

All too often wheelchairs are often associated with elderly folk however frequently the play important roles to many younger people. Wheelchairs may still be foreign to you if you or anyone close to you has not experienced anyone using one nor been exposed to the lifestyle of a wheelchair user. You may already know how significant personal mobility is especially if you have broken your leg or ankle. Of course, you did not like being unable to move or at least go through your daily activities. Reducing your ability to get around can not only lower your quality of life but also cause certain medical conditions to get worse. Read more here

Wheelchair cushion selection

Comfort posture and support are all paramount for wheelchair users, the more so the longer they spend in their wheelchairs. This boils down to the type of seating and the wheelchair cushion deployed. Wheelchairs need to have comfortable serviceable seating because their users spend much of their time on them. Wheelchair seat cushions need to protect users against sores and bruising. Wheelchair backrests are more frequently contoured and cushioned which helps with the seating position and prevent or minimize sliding down the seat and any form of repetitive back strain. Read more here.

Exercise for wheelchair users

A look at some exercises specifically designed for wheelchair users. Regardless of age and fitness these exercises are ones recomeneded to us by wheelchair users. Read more here.

Wheelchair selection

Selecting the best wheelchair is important for any long term wheelchair user. Shorter term users who have had an operation or suffered and accident but expect to be mobile soon have less to be concerned about. Although many of the selection factors seem obvious, it is often necessary to review each factor to make sure the right decision is made when buying a wheelchair. Read more here.

Wheelchair users & public access

For some of us mobility is a big issue as we find it hard to walk for whatever the reason, whether due to permanent disabilities, injuries or thru illness. This is when a wheelchair becomes a necessity as they are without doubt the most popular type of mobility aid Read more here

Electric wheelchair knowledgebase

Originally invented after the great war, the elctric wheelchair has become farily commopnplace in our everyday lives. This is largely thanks to the innivative inventor George Klein, an employee of the National Research Council of Canada who helped veterans injured in World War II Read more here.

Wheechair Maintenance - the basics

When you rely on your mobility equipment you realise so that it needs to be maintained properly. Special attention is required for wheelchairs because of this reliance. Knowing how to properly care for your wheelchair will not only pre long its life but Read more here.

Wheelchair tyres - solid or pneumatic ?

When you are buying a wheelchair its worth pondering on what type of tyres you should select as they have a fairly important role to play in terms of comfort and safety. In addition they affect the manoeuvrability of the wheelchair for the user in a self propelled or manual wheelchair... Read more here

Wheelchair bags - what to look for

If you are a newwheelchair user you will soon recognise that you need some form of wheelchair bag to carry your kit whether it be small everyday items or bigger bulkier items including work papers or laptop computers. There are many types of wheelchair bags... Read more here

Everyday tools for wheelchair users

For those of us who spend much of our time in a wheelchair, everyday life can be more than a little tricky and simple things just aren't so. Just picking up a dropped object from the floor while seated in a wheelchair can be quite a feat. But just like everything else, we wheelchair restricted users find a way around most things. Read more here

Wheelchairs for temporary use

Following an accident or operation you may require a wheelchair for a relatively short period of time. Wheelchair rental is an appealing option not only for those who suffer from temporary disabilities but for wheelchair users who travel. Read more here

Mobility Products - whats on offer ?

So many of us have need for mobility devices as a result of a birth condition, accident or disease, or simply due to old age and we are all living longer it seems. Although some of us might need these devices only temporarily, others require mobility products full time. No matter how long we are required to use them, they definitely improve the quality of our lives. Read more here

Wheelchair users - the art of travel

So you want to go on holiday, take a well deserved city break or have to visit family some ditsance away. The entire process from planning to actually getting to your destination can be stressful for anyone and for us with physical disabilities who have to travel with wheelchairs it caan get worse ! Read more here