The Process of Ordering your New Chair
Every chair’s specification is built around you. Usually during a 1 to 1 consultation with one of our team at our 4000+ sq ft showroom in Littlehampton, West Sussex. Home visits can be arranged depending on product mix and location. We can also work with your therapists to ensure your new chair meets any specific medical needs. Any consultation is completely free and you are under no obligation to make a purchase. We offer impartial advice and aim to provide you with an informal but professional service.
Contact us to arrange your appointment.
Prices shown on the website are designed to give you an idea of the price your chair will cost and so you can compare with other models or manufacturers. The end chair price will fluctuate depending on what accessories, modifications or ‘bling’ you add to your chair.
Delivery times vary considerably because every chair is built to the user’s exact specifications.
- Glossary of Terms
- ADL’s - either Activities for Daily Living or Aids for Daily Living e.g. hoists, beds.
GBL’s Chair Frame Weight Descriptions
- Medium weight – frames over 10kg
- Lightweight – frames under 10kg
- Super lightweight – frames under 6kg
Common Construction materials
- Carbon Fibre – Very rigid material with a very high strength-to-weight ratio. Also is very lightweight, most of our super lightweight chairs are carbon fibre.
- Chrome Moly (Chromium Molybdenum) Steel – Also has an excellent strength-to-weight ratio but not as light as carbon fibre, it is however stronger and more durable than carbon fibre.
- Aluminium – Various grades exist which can be lighter or heavier and stiffer.
- Titanium - Titanium absorbs vibration and has the highest strength-to-weight ratio of any metal on Earth making it less likely to break.
These are some commonly used terms with brief explanations and are intended to help with decision-making.
- Castor– small wheel at the front of the wheelchair.
- Footplate– part of the wheelchair that you put your feet on.
- Pressure Management – helps with prevention of sores or pain using chair and seating design.
- Push Rim– part of the wheelchair wheel used by user to move the rear wheels yourself. There are lots of choices for all needs.
- Bucket - Used to describe the angle of the seat that helps with balance and stability. The angle is calculated by measuring the difference between the height of the front of the seat from the floor and the back of the seat from the floor (normally where the seat meets the backrest.). For example if your front seat height is 20” from the floor and your rear seat height is 17” from the floor then we would say your chair has a 3” bucket.
- Camber - This refers to the angle of the rear wheels in relation to the frame of the wheelchair. If the rear wheels are parallel to the frame the camber is zero degrees, and if the rear wheels are angled towards the chair frame then this is cambered and is measured in degrees, from one to 20 degrees in sports chairs. The common everyday chair angles are 1 – 5 degrees with the higher angles used for sports chairs. The effect of cambering wheels is to make the chair turn faster and provide better sideways stability, which is useful on uneven pavements. However the more camber the easier the chair will tip up backwards, as well as making the overall chair wider at the bottom of the rear wheels, making it harder to fit through narrower gaps. (A rough guide would be for every two degrees of camber your chair width will increase by 1”)
If the rear wheels are angled away from the frame of the wheelchair this is called negative camber and is not usually beneficial.
- Castors - These are the wheelchairs front wheels, normally smaller than the rear wheels. These can come in many diameters and widths (footprints). The smaller and narrower the castor, normally means that the chair will be more manoeuvrable but less able to cope with rough terrain.
- Rigid Frame - This means that the wheelchair folds but not in the conventional manner but the rear wheels are removed and the backrest folds down allowing for the wheelchair to be put into a vehicle. Rigid frame chairs are at least three times more manoeuvrable and at least half the frame weight of folding framed wheelchairs to lift.
- Lightweight - Now used as a generic term to describe any wheelchair that is lighter than the standard government issued chairs. Originally the term was used to describe the much-improved lighter feel of modern wheelchairs in terms of the pushing of them but today it is used to mean the weight of lifting a wheelchair up or into a vehicle.
- Transit - These are wheelchairs that have smaller rear wheels, which prevent the person in the wheelchair from being able to move the wheelchair them-self. They have the advantage of being slightly lighter and easier to store but the disadvantage that when used over larger kerbs it is harder for the ‘carer’.
- Self-Propelling – These are wheelchairs that have large rear wheels (20” diameter to 27”) that allow the person in the wheelchair to push themselves about. On most models they can be taken off the wheelchair for transporting by using a quick release pin situated in the centre of each wheel that is push button operated.
- Medical Terms
- Ischial Tuberosities - the buttock bones
- Kyphosis - spinal curvature that sticks outwards (hunch back)
- Scoliosis - lateral/sideways curvature of the spine
- Abduction - refers to the leg /thigh movement together e.g. the ability to squeeze knees together
- Abduction - refers to the leg/thigh movement outwards e.g. spread or splay legs
- Thoracic - refers to the section of the body between neck and lower back/abdomen
- Cervical - refers to the section of spinal column in the neck.
- Lateral - refers to sideways movements like falling sideways