Invacare Action 2 – Manual Wheelchair

USERS RATING:
(Based on the users needs, lifestyle and preferences.)

Wheelchair Description:
Manual, Black folding frame with push handles, folding removable foot supports, huge castors, removable wheels and 2 anti-tips.

Source of Wheelchair:
NHS Wheelchair Services
Diagnosis:
I am a T9 paraplegic, but with good trunk control and a strong upper body. I want to be able to get about independently as much as possible.
Personal Opinion:
It was ok at first until I experienced an active user chair (a loan in rehab), then I realised how bad it is!

Here are the good points:
It is ok for moving about slowly in a hospital or care home

Here are the bad points:
The frame is very flexible and even on a good flat pavement twists when you push hard wasting your energy.
On the rough ground, the frame twists even more making you tire quickly
The footrests stick your feet out about a 30cm in front of the castors making it difficult to turn
Because they stick out so far your feet and legs are more prone to injury.
When manoeuvring the castors can stick out sideways past the main push rims by about 8-10 cm so they get jammed in tight spaces
The seat base sags into a curve so if you sit slightly to one side it tilts you, leading to poor posture and back pain
It is heavy.
The wheel bearings are poor so it doesn’t glide on a smooth floor, it quickly comes to a halt. (My Levo LAE, a standing chair which is a bit heavier glides much further on a single push)
It is not possible to pull this chair into a car across your lap after transferring.
The armrests have to be removed before you can transfer

Overall it isn’t a suitable chair for a user who wants some independence, compared with my Levo LAE it is awful.

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