Do I need a self-propel or transit (attendant push) wheelchair?
Self-propel wheelchairs have large rear wheels, usually 24” diameter, which allow the user to propel the wheelchair themselves for short distances. Even if the user will not generally be pushing themselves, it can still be a good choice as the large rear wheels make pushing the wheelchair much easier, particularly over uneven terrain. Self propel wheelchairs also give the user some independence, even if it is just to alter the direction they are facing, using the push rims they can turn left and right. If the user will not be propelling themselves and a lightweight compact wheelchair is required then a transit wheelchair may be the best option. Transit wheelchairs have small rear wheels so the user will be unable to propel themselves and must rely on a companion to push the wheelchair.