When to Get Mobility Assistance: A Transport Wheelchair for Your Loved One

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It’s been worrying you for a while, watching your loved one who has trouble walking alongside or keeping up with friends and family. Are you wondering if they are at risk for falling, or how long they can live independently as their mobility decreases?

If your loved one is slowing down as the result of an ailment or another health problem, it may be time to consider helping them with a mobility aid like a transport wheelchair to keep them safe while they are living independently.

Giving your family member some wheels allows them to feel more confident while enjoying the company of a caregiver, family member, or good friend.  And you don’t have to worry about safety when they are going out on family excursions like a movie, a stroll around town or simply running errands. 

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Aging Gracefully with Mobility Aids like a Transport Wheelchair

Many aging Americans are dealing with conditions that slow them down, or they may be suffering from calcium deficiency. This common ailment causes a much higher risk of bone fractures, necessitating a period of rehab for many patients. When that happens, it is common that the individual will need a small, portable, temporary wheelchair and visits to a rehab center.

People who are at risk for falling may need a light, portable wheelchair, for example to take a stroll at the mall. Others may be worried to get up and around as usual after having an outpatient procedure or infusion at home.  

Transport wheelchairs are convenient for those who do not stay in a wheelchair for long periods of time, or who need transportation for a short distance, but not permanently.

These kinds of wheelchairs are meant for temporary use or quick trips, and they can make life easier for caregivers too!

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If you are a caregiver, you will appreciate a lightweight, maneuverable wheelchair that can quickly fold and unfold to stow in the car trunk, closet, attic or garage  This kind of wheelchair is a safety aid for both you and your loved one.

Look for These Features in Your Transport Wheelchair

Keep in mind that if you decide on purchasing a Transport Chair for your loved one, it must be light and maneuverable, and should only be deployed for occasional use and short trips.

A transport chair is not intended to serve as a full-time wheelchair user’s primary wheelchair, nor is it intended for everyday hospital use.

The easiest way to identify a Transport chair is to look at the wheels.  A Transport Chair has four SMALL wheels, while a standard wheelchair has two large diameter rear wheels (usually 24”) and two front smaller wheels. A transport chair is meant to be pushed by an attendant, while a standard wheelchair is meant for a user who can self-propel.

 

 

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Steel Transport Chair, left, and Aluminum Transport Chair in Aqua, right

Choose From a Variety of Transport Chairs Including Bariatric Seating

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Silvervein Hammertone

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Aluminum Transport Chair Color Options

GF Health Products, Inc. (“Graham-Field”) offers several Transport Chairs in its Everest & Jennings line to fit your needs and budget. The Steel Transport Chair and the Aluminum Transport Chair both offer a 250-pound maximum weight capacity (EVENLY DISTRIBUTED), and come in both 17” and 19” widths x 16” depth.

These two Transport Chairs are both designed to meet the requirements of Medicare code E1038. The Steel Transport Chair comes in an attractive silvervein hammertone finish and weighs approximately 24 pounds without front rigging, while the Aluminum Transport Chair comes in seven stylish color options and weighs approximately 20 pounds without front rigging.

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Bariatric Transport Chair

New to the market is Graham-Field’s Bariatric Transport Chair, which still allows traveling light yet maintains a sturdy weight capacity. This aluminum Transport Chair features a 400-pound maximum weight capacity (EVENLY DISTRIBUTED), 24” width x 18” depth.

Our Bariatric Transport Chair is designed to meet the requirements of Medicare code E1039, and weighs 31 pounds without front rigging. It features the same convenient features as E&J’s other transport chairs, with the addition of attendant wheel locks positioned just below the push handles, so that the caregiver can engage the wheel locks without removing their hands from the handgrips.

While the Aluminum and Steel Transport Chairs serve most of our population, the new Bariatric Transport Chair caters to our nation’s increasingly overweight and obese population.

All E&J Transport chairs feature flame-retardant padded black nylon upholstery, fold-down back for easy storage and transport, seat carry straps for easy lifting and folding, padded arms for user comfort, attendant wheel locks for easy caregiver control, and swingaway arms and front rigging for quick transfer.

Don’t Worry: Get Out & Enjoy Life with Graham-Field

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If you believe a Graham-Field Transport Chair sounds like a practical solution for you or a loved one, consult your doctor or medical professional to explore options.

Contact us for more ideas and advice.

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Maria Garcia Silva is a Product Manager/ International Marketing Manager at Graham-Field.

About GF Health Products, Inc.

Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with more than 300 US-based employees, GF Health Products, Inc. is a major manufacturer of healthcare products for the acute care, extended care, homecare and primary care markets. The Graham-Field family of brands includes Basic American Medical Products, Everest & Jennings, Grafco, Hausted, John Bunn, Labtron, Lumex and Lumiscope. Visit www.grahamfield.com or call 770-368-4700. Everest & Jennings, Graham-Field, and Traveler are trademarks of GF Health Products, Inc. © 2016, GF Health Products, Inc., all rights reserved.

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