Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015    Login | Register           

Transport chairs get up and go

There is a wonderful option available for people who have a difficult time walking from place to place, an option that many people just don’t know about. The product is called a “Transport” or “Companion” Chair, and they are gaining quickly in popularity. How is a Transport chair different from a wheelchair?

A wheelchair enables a person who cannot walk to get from place to place while seated by propelling themselves forward using two large rear “drive” wheels

which they push with their arms to move forward. This allows the individual to get around independently.

Wheelchairs are usually made of steel, and are built to withstand the rigors of all day, every day use. Accordingly, they weigh about 40 lbs, which makes them bulky and difficult to take anywhere.

A Transport Chair serves a different purpose, so it is constructed without the two large rear wheels. Instead it has only four small wheels, which are generally about 8 to 10 inches in diameter. When seated, a person is not able to self-propel in a transport chair, since there is no where to push with their arms. So what would be the advantage? Well, often times an individual who can walk around in their home just fine cannot manage walking longer distances. Getting to and from the car, into Church, Doctors offices and stores is impossible in a timely manner. By the time they get in they are exhausted, and their companion is worn out too! A transport chair is meant for that purpose. The best ones are constructed of lightweight aluminum, and weigh less than 20 lbs –about half the weight of even a “lightweight” wheelchair. They fold up to fit conveniently into the trunk or back seat of a car.

Most insurance companies do not cover the expense of a transport chair, since they are regarded more as a convenience item instead of a medical necessity, but models which can accommodate users of under 275 lbs can be purchased for less than $200.

So get up and go! A transport chair is a great way to make your life easier, making it so much more pleasant to get out and about…and all the while saving the back of your companion. Transport chairs are available and on display at the Freedom Medical Solutions showroom on Georgia Highway 85 in the Hudson Plaza Shopping Center in Fayetteville. For more information call 678-817-7281.


Ad space area 4 internal


It was not much of a surprise that the Peachtree City Council on Oct. 1 unanimously denied a variance request to reduce the 50-foot buffer on four residential lots along Robinson Road.

Sponsored Content


Writer’s block I knew one day it would happen. After 14 years and over 700 columns, something that strikes fear into this writer has finally arrived at our house: Writer’s block.


Fayette Senior Services will host “Modern Day Sherlock” Tuesday, Nov. 3, 10-11 a.m. at its Fayetteville location (The Life Enrichment Center, 4 Center Drive).


Starr's Mill, Northgate and East Coweta are all unbeaten at the midpoint of the football season after their wins Friday night. Northgate is 6-0 while the other two teams are 5-0.


The Centre for Performing & Visual Arts, 1523 Lower Fayetteville Road in Newnan, hosts The United States Army Band & Soldier’s Chorus for a complimentary concert Sunday, Nov.