Wheelchair type - what does that mean?

There are many wheelchair types in the market to choose from. The decision is usually around 3 main reasons: comfort, pricing and daily needs. See below 8 general types of manual wheelchairs available:

Non Scripted Standard Manual Wheelchairs

Non scripted manual wheelchairs are general wheelchair designs with some adjustable features available.

  • The non scripted manual wheelchairs are either self propelled or attendant propelled (AKA, transit).
  • Some models are ergonomic, lightweight and/ or ultra lightweight designs.

Scripted Manual Wheelchairs

Scripted manual wheelchairs are specialised wheelchairs tailored to fit to the user's need.

Active Wheelchair (AKA Sports Wheelchair)

The active wheelchair are scripted sports wheelchairs suitable for users with an active lifestyle. Recommended to those who enjoy to play sports and need an ultra lightweight frame to suit their daily needs.

  • Scripted models only available.

Tilt in Space Wheelchairs

The Tilt in Space wheelchairs are designed to minimize the fatigue caused when patients holds his/her body upright for a long period of time.

  • The Tilt in Space Manual Wheelchairs back and seat tilt.
  • This facilitates weight re-distribution and the preservation of skin integrity. It also optimises user comfort, decreases user fatigue and assists with head control.
  • There are scripted and non scripted models available.

Bariatric Wheelchairs

Bariatric manual wheelchairs (sometime referred as Heavy Duty Manual Wheelchairs) are wheelchairs designed for extra weight capacity with reinforced cross braces.

  • There are scripted and non scripted models available.

Padiatric Wheelchairs

The padiatric manual wheelchairs are the wheelchairs designed for younger users. 

  • Scripted models only available.

Standing wheelchairs

Standing Wheelchairs feature electric powered multiple positions from sitting mode to standing mode, and angles in between.

Beach/ Pool Wheelchairs

Beach/ Pool Wheelchairs are special wheelchairs designed to use in the pool or on the beach. Those models are water resistant.


NOTE: It is very important the patient to be assessed by a qualified healthcare professional. Please contact your doctor or your local hospital for assistance.

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