Portable Wheelchair Accessibility Information
Posted on Nov 11, 2013 by
The wheelchair is the UltraLight Freedom Transport Wheelchair by Medline. Mine has a red aluminum frame (deep bing cherry red)...it also comes in blue. It weighs approx 15 lbs (maybe 16 lbs with the footrests). The quality of construction looks quite good. The chair comes with a carrying case. However the case is quite large and not padded for checking into the hold of the plane. We shopped Chinatown (SF) last night and purchased an inexpensive softsided suitcase and have cut padding the size of the suitcase to protect the chair. It is 31" x 22" x 9" (inside measurement) and with the suitcase, padding, footrests, and wheelchair the total weight is 30 lbs. The suitcase has wheels for easy mobility. As much as I enjoy packing light and not having to check luggage, given the necessity of this - it`s the most manageable for which we could hope. We purchased the wheelchair through http://www.costco.com - Item #126565. It was $177 with free shipping. It is also available online through http://www.walgreens.com for a bit more money. There is a model with larger wheels and another with a steel frame. We did look at a Nova model, but found the one we purchased to be more compact, streamlined and better construction. In the end we opted for the lightest weight so as not to overly burden us in travel. My neighbor with Muscular Dystrophy is entirely reliant on his electric wheelchair. He suggests two websites with accessibility information and feedback:
http://www.globalaccessnews.com http://www.access-able.com It remains to be seen what I will need...and how often. I will post any relevant experiences when I return. The
following is an edited version of my email from our neighbor that includes some websites with accessibility information or feedback. Hope this helps.