Reclining wheelchairs are available in standard folding frames with extended head supports and seat widths up to 24" wide. The recline mechanism is attendant operated with levers much like a bicycle brake lever. The levers operate hydraulic (pump) mechanisms for a smooth adjustment. Using this reclining mechanism, the chair back can easily and frequently be positioned to any angle.
Flexible Back Positioning: The Reclining Wheelchairs offer unlimited back re-positioning for more patient comfort, better blood circulation, and to aid in sleeping.
Work best with ELRs: Recliner Wheelchairs work better with Elevating Legrest so patients legs and feet can also be re-positioned for maximum comfort. On some chairs this is an option so be sure to check the options and accessories when purchasing a Recliner Wheelchair.
Only the Back moves: On recliner wheelchairs the back reclines but the seat bottom stays in-place. The Invacare HTR Series Tilt and Recline Wheelchair (also called Uni-Recliner) is an example of a Tilt-n-Space wheelchair in which the seat bottom moves as well as the back. Tilt-N-Space Recliners such as the HTR Wheelchair offers unlimited flexibility and increased comfort.
Reclining Wheelchairs to choose from:
Anyone using a Reclining Wheelchair will benefit from using a wheelchair cushion such as the Comfort Company Support Pro Cushion with Gel. Nylon and Vinyl Seat Slings, as found on these Recliner Wheelchairs become uncomfortable within a short period time and do nothing to protect or treat skin integrity. The Comfort Company also makes a fully padded adjustable back that works well on recliners for added comfort.