Travel Wheelchair on Beach

According to the University of California, San Francisco's Disability Statistics Center, there are about 1.6 million Americans that are confined to wheelchairs - and that's not even including the hundreds of thousands of users that reside in nursing homes and assisted living centers. People become confined to wheelchairs for a variety of reasons, from debilitating injuries to nervous system conditions, to strokes and arthritis.

It should come as no surprise that the majority of wheelchair users are over the age of 65; in fact, about 2.9 percent of the total population over the age of 65 relies on wheelchairs. While certain wheelchair necessity can be chalked up to "old age", having to depend on these appliances can take a psychological toll on the users. Those who are confined to wheelchairs may feel as though they've lost their independence and that they're unable to do many of the things they enjoyed earlier in life. While that may be partially true, there's one variety of wheelchairs that makes getting around - from the grocery store to that dream vacation - all the more easy and accessible: the travel wheelchair.

Benefits of Travel Wheelchairs

The travel wheelchair, also known as the transport wheelchair, gives its users the opportunity to travel anywhere and everywhere with minimal hassle. Conventional wheelchairs are bulky and cumbersome, a far cry from convenience in terms of adaptability and maneuverability. Travel wheelchairs essentially combine the safety features of these traditional wheelchairs and incorporate them into a flexible model that can be easily folded and conveniently stored for travel. Travel chairs come in various styles and varieties, from the power wheelchair to a multi-terrain chair.

Using travel wheelchairs have many benefits to everyday life and can help restore the independence in those that may think they've lost it for good:

  • Durability: Travel wheelchairs are built with durability in mind. Travel wheelchairs are designed to work seamlessly over just about any surface, like dirt, grass, sand, turf and gravel.
  • Compact: Travel wheelchairs can easily be folded up and stored just about anywhere, whether it's the trunk of your car, an airplane or another transportation vehicle.
  • Lightweight: Travel wheelchairs are built with great strength-to-weight ratios. That means they don't sacrifice durability while being lightweight. This makes them easier to fold up and store when you're on the go.
  • Flexible: Are you going somewhere where you know you'll have to squeeze into tight spaces? A travel wheelchair is perfect for that situation. Travel wheelchairs aren't designed like the bulky or somewhat clumsy conventional wheelchairs; they're designed to be flexible and to permit fitting into tight spaces.
  • Comfortable: Durability, flexibility, and lightweight features are all attractive. But in the end, the user still likely has one key question: are travel wheelchairs comfortable? The answer is a resounding "yes"; travel wheelchairs don't sacrifice comfort to deliver all the other unique features that we ticked off on this list.

As you can see, just because you're confined to a wheelchair doesn't mean that you can't still have personal freedom. That's the biggest benefit of travel wheelchairs - they offer users the ability to do more at a minimum inconvenience. For more information about travel wheelchairs, visit Specialty Medical Supply or shop through our collection of travel wheelchairs.