At CareCo we have a wide selection of self-propelled wheelchairs, many of which are our own brand. Among this range of CareCo branded wheelchairs there is a variety of products with distinct features at different price points, so there’s one for all budgets. To give a better idea of what each one can do we’ve put together a closer look at each of the CareCo self-propelled wheelchairs.
The CareCo Viper is about giving you the essentials for an affordable price. A strong frame means it will be able to take the bumps and vibrations of imperfect streets, as well as being able to support a weight of up to 18st 2lbs. Additionally, the solid tyres mean punctures or under inflation is not an issue. This helps keep maintenance low, you can simply take a seat and start moving.
To provide all important convenience the Viper can be folded in half across its vertical axis, making it compact enough to fit into a car boot. Additionally, the footrests can be adjusted to the correct length for you, or completely removed to help storage. As an added bonus there’s a small pocket on the rear of the seat to keep essential items.
The CareCo AirGlide takes the basics of a self-propelled wheelchairs and adds some touches of refinement. The Aluminium frame makes the AirGlide much easier to lift than the Viper, with a carry weight of 13.8kg it’s almost 5kg lighter. This doesn’t come at the cost of strength, with the chair still being able to support up to 17st 5lbs.
The refinement of the AirGlide really comes into its own when it comes to comfort and ease of use. The armrests can be raised to either give more space in the chair or help you get in and out, plus the low weight makes pushing easy. When transporting the chair, it’s easy to pack it away. The wheels and footrests can be quickly released, while the backrest can fold in half and the chair squashed flat.
If you’re after a CareCo self-propelled wheelchair that is capable of supporting very high weight and heavy knocks then the CareCo Explorer is the perfect choice. The heavy-duty steel frame and wider seat has been designed to be more comfortable for bariatric patients. The additional space means larger users won’t have to contort themselves to find a suitable seating position and the extra rigidity in the frame can support up to 32st.
The Explorer isn’t all brawn and no brains though, it also has features to make it easy to use. As you would expect it can be folded flat and the footrests removed for transportation, but this isn’t the only area of adjustability. The dual axel brace beneath the seat not only provides excellent strength but it also allows the seat to be adjusted in height, helping you find the most comfortable position.
The I-GO Airrex is two products in one; a self-propelled wheelchair and a transit wheelchair. The large rear wheels that characterise a self-propelled wheelchair can be pushed as normal by the user. However, when you need to get through narrow spaces or simply don’t need the bigger wheels they can be quickly detached and the chair becomes a transit wheelchair. This is thanks to the smaller rear wheels set inside the width of the bigger wheels.
This adaptability also makes it an excellent portable wheelchair as it helps reduce carry weight – as does the aluminium frame – and reduces size. The folding backrest, collapsible frame, and removal footrests help further. Ultimately, the I-GO Airrex is perfect for those who have a lifestyle that can change from one day to the next.