When to choose a Transit Chair over a Wheelchair?
History of Wheelchairs and Transit Chairs
Believe it or not but wheelchairs (or alike) have been around since the 5th century BC where a picture of a Chinese child was found on a Greek vase which showed furniture with wheels.
Since that picture, people on wheelchairs have been found on many Chinese artifacts and paintings. Transit chairs / attendant propelled wheelchairs were the next invention on the horizon.
The idea of the transit chair / wheelchair has come around due to the user not being capable of propelling themselves with the larger wheels because of injury or strength.
The use of the transit chair is for the attendant to push the occupant of the chair distances under the total power of the attendant where the occupant is unable to wheel themselves in this instant. The removal of the large rear wheels are replaced with smaller wheels which reduces the weight of the chair for carrying purposes and transportation of the wheelchair by car or public transport.
There are many types of transit chairs on the market so it is important to know which one is right for you. If you are going over rough terrain you should look for slightly larger rear and front wheels. I suggest a solid Rear tyre about 12 inches in diameter and a front wheel of at least 8 inches in diameter.
For general use moving to and from a car, or for pushing around the shops the transit chair really only needs 8 inch wheels rear and front. But remember if paved it is advisable to have 12 wheels at the back or the occupant may feel like they are riding in a washing machine.
A lightweight aluminium transit chair is advisable if the person pushing the occupant isn’t able to lift heavy objects. If being used on flat ground like a shopping centre then the best buy and cheap option is the Ritecare lightweight budget transit chair we find this to be a good transport option to start with.
If able to lift heavy objects then a S1 Steel transit chair would be another option to consider.
A great new interpretation of a transit transport chair is the transit walker. Which is a rollator / walker that has a fold down foot rest so the person is able to use it as a walker but then transforms into a transit chair with an easy self accomplishable adjustment. The transit walker whilst not usable over rough terrain or over large bumps does enable the person to walk until they are tired and as long as they have another person with them to push them they can sit and relax until they get their strength back.
Remember to always check out user weight. If the person is heavy then they may need to source a transit chair with a higher weight capacity.
Also one other thing to take into consideration is the person who is pushing the wheelchair must be capable of pushing the weight of the chair and the person in the chair.
All in all the Transit Chairs are a great improvement and adaption to the normal wheelchair and is a lightweight easy solution for Mobility.
Here is a video of the Drive Travelite Transport Chair.
Please note that some colours and minor changes may apply to Australian Models.