This information explains what a transport wheelchair is, how to use it, and where to buy one.
What is a transport wheelchair?
A transport wheelchair is lighter and easier to use than a standard wheelchair (see Figure 1). It’s sometimes called a companion chair or roll-about wheelchair.
A standard transport wheelchair can support up to about 300 pounds. A heavy-duty transport wheelchair can support up to 400 pounds. Check with the wheelchair manufacturer to see how much weight your wheelchair can support.
How to Use a Transport Wheelchair
Transport wheelchairs are useful if you don’t always need to use a wheelchair, but still want to use one sometimes. They aren’t made to be moved by the person sitting in the wheelchair. A caregiver has to push the wheelchair.
Some people choose to use transport wheelchairs to safely travel to and from their appointments. Transport wheelchairs aren’t made for long distance travel. If you want a wheelchair for longer distances, ask your nurse about getting a standard wheelchair.
Where to Buy a Transport Wheelchair
You can buy a transport wheelchair:
- At medical supply stores.
- At medical supply websites, such as wheelchair.com.
- At retail drug stores, such as Walgreens or CVS.
- At supercenters, such as Wal-Mart or Target.
- Through online retailers, such as Amazon.
Ask your insurance provider if your plan covers transport wheelchairs. Some plans only cover a wheelchair if you have a prescription. Ask your healthcare provider for a prescription if you need one.