FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How much weight can a standard wheelchair hold?
A standard wheelchair like the Tracer X2 Wheelchair can hold between 250 to 350 lbs. However, other types of wheelchairs deviate from the standard wheelchair limit, such as lightweight models with a 200 to 250 lbs. weight limit. Also, heavy-duty wheelchairs can handle 700 lbs. and up. Even though these three types of wheelchairs have varying weight limits, manufacturers design them for a specific purpose. So, you should consult an expert on these mobility aids before you decide.
What is the difference between a standard wheelchair and a lightweight wheelchair?
Since a lightweight wheelchair is about three to eight pounds lighter than a standard wheelchair, it is more maneuverable and easier to propel than the standard wheelchair. This advantage and all-terrain tires make the lightweight wheelchair more suitable for users with an active lifestyle. In addition, lightweight wheelchairs weigh less because they usually have light aluminum frames. On the other hand, the steel frames on the standard models like the Silver Sport 2 Wheelchair require substantially more upper body strength to propel.
Even though lightweight wheelchairs are more manageable and customizable than standard chairs, the extra processing cost of aluminum makes the light versions cost more than standard wheelchairs.
What are the dimensions of a standard wheelchair?
Will Medicare pay for all wheelchair types?
Medicare Part B will cover 80% of the cost of manual wheelchairs because they classify as durable medical equipment (DME). However, you must show proof of a face-to-face examination and a written prescription from your physician to get help with the payment for a power wheelchair. Medicare requires you to pay 20% of the cost of your wheelchair after you meet the Part B Deductible. Also, your doctor and your DME supplier are Medicare enrolled. Medicare Part B may require you to rent the equipment in some cases, or the program may give you the option to buy or rent.
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