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Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair

Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair


OVERVIEW

The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair is almost identical to the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair but with larger rear wheels giving the occupant the option to self propel. For the child who is too big for a Maclaren Major Elite but still needs something to get around in, even if only occasionally. And where you want it to quietly serve your needs not dominate your every trip out.

For you this pushchair delivers a smart, practical solution to make everyday trips easier.

For your child the ergonomic seat with Safety Harness provides mobility with comfort and security, plus a degree of independence.

Unlike the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair this model can be self propelled, although it does not have to be there are the same rear push handles. The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair may suit a child who is ready for that independence; both responsible and trusted enough to make decisions on where they want to go and physically able to put that into action.

The downside to this model, compared to the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair, is the possibility of hands being caught in the wheels as it is pushed along, and access by the child to a second parking brake release lever.

Many wheelchairs are very rudimentary, unsightly, uncomfortable and impractical (including some provided by the NHS), but a wheelchair can be practical and stylish. The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair will make you re-think your opinion of wheelchairs.

The age range for the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair is determined by the child's size and in particular reflects the length of the child's legs. For guidance this could be from the average size of an 8 year old. The seat is much deeper than that on the Major Elite, a child is less perched on the seat so the lower leg length does not have to be substantially longer. That is not to say that a child with a shorter lower leg will not fit, however they may not reach the footrests to begin with and they may need a cushion behind them to pack out the seat a little. We think that this is the next stage on from the Maclaren Major Elite which we would expect a child to be outgrowing at say 8-9 years.

The structurally robust and surprisingly rigid aluminium frame is approved for a occupant weighing up to 100kg however we would expect that someone of this size would need a seat wider than the 41cm model (16") we supply.

The S-Ergo Seat is a curved ergonomic design which helps to resist sliding, provides pressure relief, improves posture and comfort. The lightly padded seat fabric contains Aegis Microbe Shield permanently bonded antimicrobial barrier.

The Safety Harness is fitted around the metal framework for security but as a floating harness. Unlike a built-in harness, it is not limited by the height of the shoulder strap fixing point. It is a four point harness, i.e. is does not have a crotch strap. When you first use your Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair it does take a few minutes to fit and adjust the Safety Harness so that it is appropriate for the size of your child, but once done then it is done and everyday use is just a single quick release clip to operate. The Safety Harness is designed as just that a safety harness it is not for 'restraint'. If the child is an 'escapologist' who will attempt to escape from a harness then you may need a more substantial harness including a crotch strap, for example a Crelling Harness. If so please contact us for a price for an Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair without a Safety Harness.

Dual rear brakes can be operated by the person pushing to either control the pushchair or lock into a parked position. The child can also activate and de-activate the parking brake with side operated levers.

It comes with a 2 Year Frame Warranty (1 year other parts) which covers defects of manufacture or component not wear and tear. The lifetime of the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair may be significantly reduced if the child is not a co-operative occupant. We do not recommend the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair for a child with challenging behaviour, a more heavy duty model like a Trotter may be more suitable.

For a child requiring postural support you can use a seat insert with the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair, for example a Stabilo or BodyMap Vacuum Support Cushion System.

The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair has small front wheels, 15cm which are best suited to smooth surfaces, it is not suitable for use off road and with a larger child may struggle even on a cobbled street so it is essentially an urban pushchair. The larger 20" rear wheels may be a little more free rolling on a bumpy surface but the difference is small. The relatively small footprint of the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair makes it much more suitable than the other pushchairs for use around town, inside shops or other places indoors, e.g. School.

We can supply a range of accessories for the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair; e.g.; Headrest Extension, Lambskin Comfort Liner, Wheely Mac, Footmuff and Rucksack style Storage Bag, Travel Bag, etc. for a full list see Accessories. There isnt a Rain Cover which will fit, we recommend the Wheely Mac.

A TGA Powerpack can be fiited to the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair.

Whilst the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair may be used for someone with special needs the seat may be unsuitable if they have a physical disability which requires postural support management. If in doubt please seek the advice of your physiotherapist.

The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair is not 'Crash Tested' it cannot be used for transporting a child in a vehicle. If you need a Crash Tested wheelchair then contact us as we can supply a very similar product

KEY FEATURES

Frame
  • lightweight but robust aluminium frame only 10.5kg (7.2kg without rear wheels)
  • maximum weight limit 220lbs, 15 stone, 100kg (but check dimensions)
  • low maintenance

Wheels
  • 6" swivel front wheels, good manoeuvrability in small places, not lockable, no suspension, poor on rough ground
  • 20" foam filled tyres on rear spoked wheels, good shock absorption, puncture proof
  • ergonomic wheel rim hand grips
  • quick release rear wheels for compact storage and transportation

Brakes
  • dual rear wheel brakes operated BOTH by attendant handle levers and occupant levers
  • three stage progressive brake system (attendant hand levers only) allows gradual deceleration on gradients

Removable & Adjustable Footrests
  • three levels of adjustment
  • can be removed or turned out to the sides

Seat
  • S-Ergo Seat is a curved ergonomic design which helps to resist sliding, provides pressure relief, improves posture and comfort

Harness


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