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Product Listing – Narrow Transport Wheelchairs



Photo Courtesy of Invacare


MANUFACTURER
(19 inch wide transport chair with large rear wheels)

Invacare

COST
Suggested Retail : $430 (But we have found it as low as $154 online.)

VENDORS
(19 inch wide transport chair with large rear wheels)

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DISCLAIMER
The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

DESCRIPTION
A transport wheelchair is designed to be pushed by a caregiver rather than by the user. These lightweight wheelchairs are usually used for trips outside the home, whether it's for shopping, visiting family, or a trip to a doctor's office. They are lighter in weight than a standard wheelchair and fold easily for placing in a car.

But these narrow transport chairs (19 to 24 inches) can also be used indoors to help the person get through narrow doorways, especially if your situation is temporary or it's simply not possible to enlarge the doorways (a width of 34" to 36" is recommended, depending on the type of door and home layout).

Here are some important features to look for, especially for outdoor use:
  • 12-inch rear wheels for a smoother, less bumpy ride, especially when wheeling over mixed terrains (e.g., at an outdoor park) or up and down inclines.

  • Handbrakes on the push handles to give you better control

  • Swing-away footrests

  • Lightweight (19 to 23 pounds) - easier for you to lift in and out of the car
POTENTIAL CONCERNS
  • Most transport chairs do not come with removable arms, which can make transfers in or out of the chair more difficult, so choose carefully as this feature is available only on select models.

  • Like regular wheelchairs, transport chairs are not made for extended sitting - so purchase a seat (and back cushion) to provide the best possible comfort.

This product has not been tested by Thiscaringhome.org.

Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.


How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".



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