FAQS on Reclining Wheelchairs, Answered

Lovely Patient and DoctorOver 13% of Canadians are living with a disability each day, many of whom are elderly and use a wheelchair. In fact, of the elderly population ages 65 and above, 1.825 million use wheelchairs daily. With around 2 million new people needing wheelchairs each year, it is no secret that finding the right comfortable wheelchairs for the elderly is crucial. Among the population of those 65 and older, reclining wheelchairs, or geriatric wheelchairs (as they are most commonly known as), are very popular. Here are some commonly asked questions about reclining wheelchairs to answer some basic questions you may have:

Why are geriatric wheelchairs so popular?
Many elderly people suffer from physical disabilities that force them to have limited mobility. Because they spend most of their day in a wheelchair, it is important for the chair to be comfortable. Geri chairs are largely padded, heavier in weight and are especially designed to help those with limited mobility. They have more room than a standard wheelchair and are easier to lounge in because they recline. This makes them perfect for those in long-term care needing high-quality seating. They also have capabilities that other wheelchairs do not. This includes helping with dialysis, blood collection respiratory and cardiac care.

What are bariatric wheelchairs?
Bariatric wheelchairs are many times referred to as extra wide or heavy duty wheelchairs. They hold up to 700 pounds, can go up to 30 inches in seat size and are strong enough to accommodate just about any user.

What wheelchair type is best for me?
Because wheelchairs are available in different sizes and have varying functions, it is important to know exactly how the equipment will be used before buying one. Power chairs are battery powered, feature a user-friendly control pad or joystick and are becoming increasingly popular. Manual chairs are for those who are more mobile than most and can push using their arms. Most wheelchair users own more than one type of wheelchair depending on the activities they are doing. Commonly, people use one wheelchair for indoor use and another for outdoor use. Consult with a medical professional before purchasing to make the best decision for you or a loved one.

With the number of elderly people expected to increase more than double their 2013 number by 2060, reclining wheelchairs and other wheelchairs alike will see a significant rise in the market soon, if not already. For this reason, finding comfortable geriatric wheelchairs for the elderly to fit their needs and lifestyle are more important than ever. Buying a wheelchair is not just investing in high-quality seating, it’s an investment in someone’s future.