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Wheelchairs and the Elderly

A wheelchair can help you regain mobility lost due to an injury, chronic health condition, or simply age. Wheelchairs for the elderly come in a variety of models. Traditional self-propelled senior wheelchairs have two large rear wheels and a pair of smaller wheels in the front. Advances in design and materials have made different wheelchair designs available to suit different needs, body types, and strength levels. Lightweight wheelchairs for elderly patients are easier to maneuver as well as being easier to take on trips—the wheelchair can be easily folded and stowed in a car trunk. Conventional wheelchairs of all types typically support up to 250 pounds of body weight. For those who weigh more, heavy-duty wheelchairs, also called bariatric wheelchairs, provide a wider seat for comfort and a stronger frame for durability and support.

Wheelchairs for Elderly Patients

There can be many differences between the dozens of models of senior wheelchairs, from adjustable features to the overall weight of the chair itself. For instance, the difference between a standard weight and a lightweight wheelchair can be as much as 10 to 20 pounds. Weight is definitely a consideration if the wheelchair is going to be transported in a car trunk or backseat or propelled by the user—some steel framed heavy duty elderly wheelchairs can weigh over 50 pounds, though it is possible to find models that weigh less than that. On the other hand, lightweight wheelchairs often range between 25 and 36 pounds; note that this might be a “net” weight, meaning the weight of the chair without its removable arm and leg rests.


Traditional self-propelled wheelchairs for seniors have two large rear wheels and a pair of smaller wheels in the front. Advances in design and materials have made different senior wheelchair models available to suit different needs and body types. Lightweight wheelchairs are easier to maneuver as well as being easier to take on trips, with the wheelchair folded and stowed in a car trunk. Conventional wheelchairs of all types typically support up to 250 pounds of body weight. For those who weigh more, heavy-duty wheelchairs, also called bariatric wheelchairs, provide a wider seat for comfort and stronger frame for durability and support. To learn more about wheelchair options for those advanced in by clicking here.

Stainless Steel Rehab Shower Commode
Commode chair for the elderly that doubles as a shower chair.

Tracer IV Wheelchair

Tracer IV Wheelchair
Extra wide wheelchair perfect is perfect for the elderly.

Sentra Full Reclining Wheelchair

Sentra Full Reclining Wheelchair

State of the art wheelchair with high back and full recline.

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Tilt-In-Space Foldable Wheelchair
This miniture diaper disposal convinently fits under cabinets and in other compact places.