Once you've decided to use a manual wheelchair, you will have to decide between a rigid or folding frame. Folding wheelchairs tend to have a little more flexibility than rigid models.
This flex can be an advantage when you are traveling over slightly uneven surfaces, because the chair's frame will bend to accommodate the surface and all of its wheels will remain on the ground. However, on a hard floor surface, rigid-frame chairs prove to be much more stable.
Folding wheelchairs are available in lightweight and heavy-duty models, for between $1000 and $3,500. If you are a new wheelchair user it is best to try out both rigid and folding chairs to see which suits you best.
To help you choose, here are some hints about owning a folding wheelchair:
Advantages of a Folding Wheelchair:
Disadvantages of a Folding Wheelchair: