Personal Mobility Aid (PMA) devices are widely available and come in various forms, from rollators to wheelchairs and electric scooters for elderlies. However, with all the choices, choosing the best-suited one – especially when you are purchasing one for the first time – can be complicated. Each varying option has specific features that can impact comfort, utility, and accessibility significantly.
Transport chairs and wheelchairs are designed to aid in encouraging convenience and mobility for disabled individuals and the elderly. Knowing the differences between both transport devices, as well as considering the user’s needs, will help you decide on one over the other.
To help you choose the right transport device, we have compiled a guide to help you understand the key differences.
Wheelchairs are typically fitted with two small front wheels and two larger rear wheels with rotating handrails, though some come in 4 equally-sized wheels. Usually, in two forms, motorised and self-propelling, the handrails on the rear wheels allow users to push themselves physically. They also are equipped with padded seats, backrests, and armrests for maximum comfort, therefore, are suited for sitting for an extended period.
The self-propelling wheelchairs are typically made of steel, weighing about 20kg. However, Falcon Mobility’s ones are made of lightweight aluminium, weighing approximately 6-12 kg. Not only do they not compromise on durability, but they are also easily transportable, making them suitable for users to bring them overseas.
Motorised wheelchairs, on the other hand, are essentially wheelchairs that are powered by batteries. They are highly suitable for individuals who might have limited mobility and strength. Falcon Mobility offers a wide range of motorised wheelchairs of varying price points and materials.
Transport chairs, unlike wheelchairs, come with four small wheels. A typical transport chair in the market requires the assistance of a caregiver or another individual to push the user from behind. Hence, it might not be the most recommended if the individual is looking to maintain a level of independence. However, that being said, they are highly lightweight and easy to put away due to their compact design. Therefore, because of their travel-friendliness, they are not well-cushioned like wheelchairs.
Here at Falcon Mobility, the transport chair we offer is quite different. It features the functions of a transport chair and a rollator all in one. Hence, it is ideal for individuals who wish to move around on their own or be pushed safely by another whenever they get tired.
What to consider when choosing between a transport chair and a wheelchair?
To decide on whether you should invest in a transport chair or wheelchair, some questions you might consider asking yourself are:
- How often will the device be used? Consider how frequently it will be used and whether the user will have a caretaker accompanying.
- Is the reason for use temporary or permanent? If the PMA device is going to be used for a short period, then investing in a wheelchair might not be a wise decision.
- Do you need to store away or move the PMA often?
- Are you going to be using it at home, outside, or both? And do you want to be independent?
No matter what your choice is, you want to invest in a PMA with a solid design and adequate support that is comfortable to both the caregiver and the user. While they might be suitable depending on the situation and specific needs, sometimes, the same user might actually benefit from getting both.
Here at Falcon Mobility, we believe in empowering individuals to be independent. With our wide range of motorised scooters, wheelchairs, and walking aids, your elderly loved ones can maintain an active and adventurous lifestyle independently. Check out our products for yourself.For more information, you can find out at https://www.falconmobility.my/.