Types of wheelchairs
The different types of wheelchairs can be broadly separated into manual wheelchairs and motorised wheelchairs. Manual wheelchairs need to be propelled or pushed by the user or a carer. As the name suggests, motorised wheelchairs have a motor and rechargeable battery and are moved using a hand control on the armrest, requiring only minimal effort from the user.
When it comes to manual wheelchairs, there are both self-propelled and transit models. Self-propelled wheelchairs allow you to push yourself using the hand rim on the large rear wheels. These wheelchairs generally also come with a rear handle for a carer to push when appropriate.
Transit or folding wheelchairs have smaller rear wheels and can only be pushed by a carer. These models are generally lighter in weight and can be folded to fit in the boot of a car.