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They aren't that expensive - a little over a hundred online and at Walmart or drug stores. However, if you check estates sales in your area (estatesales.net, enter your zip code) they are commonly available for under $50.
This chair was the lightest we found. My SIL and I actually compared the weight, unscientifically. We wanted something that we could pick up and could fit in the trunk of a mid size car without strain or scratching the back bumper of the car or taking up time. All the other transport chairs seemed heavier and took up more space. My Mom is petite, under 5 feet.
I can now store and remove the folded wheelchair into the car with one hand, however 2 hands are a little safer. No need to disassemble or reassemble to use it. I have a Honda HRV and it fits in the back area as well as the back seat area with the back seat folded up all the way.
We have had the transport chair since 2019. The wheels are pretty worn, I’ve had to get a set of replacement pins and I am thinking of getting replacement footrests. They had a one year warranty which they honored. The replacement parts are pricey, however the wheelchair frame and seat is still solid. We have used it almost everyday since we got it, and for the last year, everyday whenever my Mom is awake.
Because of its size, she is able to get it close to the toilet in her bathroom.
I highly recommend it.
I really like this company as they have excellent product videos (on-line, google).
I purchased their wheelchair (and accessories-important) for my petite client from them. Excellent quality and excellent customer service. Was so easy to assemble - pop the wheels in and unfold the chair. Very easy.
Do clarify if this is a transport chair or a wheelchair. Very important differences.
Below is their ad:
The lightest wheelchair in the world!
It's so light, anyone can lift this chair
(optional) Pop-off wheels for storage
Seat and back cushions for comfort
At only 13.5 lbs., the Feather Chair (Formally known as Featherweight Wheelchair®) is the lightest wheelchairs on the planet. Taking advantage of brand-new materials, the Featherweight sets a new standard. Practically everyone can lift this wheelchair into your car, truck or SUV. and is super easy to propel and push.
Transporting the Feather Chair could not be easier. The chair folds down into a compact package. First, fold down the backrest and then pull up on the middle of the seat. Optional, quick-release wheels allow a caregiver to remove the larger, back wheels with the push of the button. Once you arrive at your destination, unfolding and attaching the wheels takes less than a minute.
Standard features include wheel locks - easily accessible by the seated user - at the front of the frame. Wheel locks prevent the wheelchair from rolling forward or backward. For the caregiver, there is an integrated braking system, operated by bicycle style locking brake levers located at the push handles. These handbrakes provide the caregiver control, security, and convenience when descending or pausing on a slope.
Accessorize your Feather Chair with three colorful overlay cushions and a convenient carry bag for travel.
Note: 13.5 lbs. is frame only. Overall weight, with wheels, is 19 lbs.
The Featherweight comes with a limited warranty and the following coverage:
Frame: We warranty the frame of the mobility chair under normal use for a period of 1 Year (12 months). We will at our sole discretion, repair, replace, any warrantable frame that fails within the warranty period.
Wearable Parts: 6 months on all wearable parts including wheels, upholstery, brakes, footrest.
At 13.5 lbs this is the lightest wheelchair in the world
Folds tightly for easy travel
Full length fix armrests & Push to lock brakes
Carry handles & Wheel locks
One-button, quick release rear wheels
Wheel material - Featherweight Solid, Polyurethane
Removable & Swing Away Elevating Legrest pops in at the top and locks with the black plastic knob below.
Red, Grey and Blue seat overlay options available
Optional carry bag
Call them to discuss your needs. You will not be disappointed with this company. Gena / Touch Matters
I wouldn't want her to be in it long term, but it sure works for those trips out. I bought a gel cushion for the seat as well for more comfort.
TRANSPORT CHAIR ; the person in the chair CANNOT move the chair themselves while in it. They need to be pushed from the back by another person.
WHEELCHAIR: Generally, person sitting in the chair can move the wheels and 'move' by themselves to degree.
the most important feature you should look at is the handles. Make sure the position is tight so you can navigate/push with ease and not hurt your back.
They're available from Amazon, Walgreens, CVS, etc.
It all depends on how your going to use it. If an occasional outing, I would not get a reg transport. If using all the time I may. If you go with reg one the have then where the back folds down. One that the sides lifts up for easy transfer. Usually the foot rests come off so easier to get into a vehicle. Medicare will pay if an order from the doctor.
With Moms weight, I think a light one would work. My Uncle weighted maybe 180lbs if that much and his caretaker took him everywhere in a lightweight one.
I has four small wheels and feet rests. Small for the trunk of your car or even the back seat.