FAQ's

Price

Q – What does a wheelchair cost?
A – Wheelchairs can range from a couple thousand to tens of thousands of rands dependant on function, material, and features.

Q – Do your prices/products have NAPPI Codes?
A – All of our products have NAPPI codes and are almost all covered under Medical Aid rates.

Q – Why is your chair more expensive than the wheelchairs from the pharmacies?
A – Pharmacies only offer very basic mild steel chairs that we suggest only for use when recovering from an injury or when funds are a severe issue as they provide no adjustment or set up and have no warranties, Chairman places a lot of focus on the quality of our products and feel they all provide fantastic value for money.

Weight

Q – What is considered a lightweight chair?
A – Dependant on the type of chair this will vary, a lightweight folding chair would be under 10kg whereas a lightweight active chair would be under 6kgs and could go as light as 2kg.

Q – What are the benefits of a lightweight chair?
A – There are multiple benefits to using a lightweight chair, especially for active users a lightweight chair will improve independence and allow for individual car transfers, as well as reducing strain on shoulders and rotator cuffs and providing great ease of movement.

Q – Can a chair be too light?
A – If a chair is correctly set up the light weight will be only beneficial but will take more skill to manoeuvre safely.

Durability

Q – What would constitute a durable wheelchair?
A – A wheelchair that would be able to withstand your daily use of it in your normal environment without bending or breaking.

Q – How long should a wheelchair last?
A – A standard wheelchair should last a minimum of 3 years of normal daily use and a more heavy duty chair a minimum of 5 years without the frame failing.

Q – When would I need a Heavy-Duty wheelchair?
A – We would suggest a heavy-duty wheelchair for someone living in a very rural are or an area with very rough terrain that spends a lot of time outside. Heavy-duty chairs tend to be heavier and harder to manoeuvre and as such are harder to use in confined spaces such as in the home or an office space.

Activity

Q – What constitutes an active wheelchair?
A – An active wheelchair would generally be a lightweight rigid frame wheelchair, most likely with an adjustable centre of gravity that requires little effort to push or manoeuvre.

Q – Why would I need an active wheelchair?
A – For a younger, fitter or low injury user an active wheelchair makes everyday use of the chair a lot easier especially in tasks such as transferring the chair into a motor vehicle alone or manoeuvring the chair.

Q – Are there any wheelchair friendly sports in South Africa?
A – Yes, South Africa has a number of sports for wheelchairs users such as; Basketball, rugby, tennis, dancing, bowls, volleyball and a number of others.

Adjustability

Q – Is set up important for me and my wheelchair?
A – Extremely, no wheelchair user is the same and as such will always sit differently in any given chair. A correct set up will make sure you feel comfortable and confident in the chair as well as reduce the risk of the development of pressure sores, scoliosis and other deformities or complications.

Q – What adjustments should be made to my wheelchair?
A – At bare minimum your cushion should be adjusted for you personally, the Tab should be set up for your seating position and the height of the footrests and armrests should be set correctly.

Q – Do I have to adjust things on my own wheelchair?
A – Once a correct set up has been done there should be no further need to make any adjustments to the chair yourself. However, if your seating changes or there are any issues with the chair please contact your seating specialist for a reassessment.