The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair is almost identical to the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair. It is intended for the child of say 8 to 14 years, who is too big for a Maclaren Major Elite but who still needs something to get around in, even if only occasionally. Like its sister model the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair will quietly serve your needs not dominate your every trip out.
For you this wheelchair delivers a smart, practical solution to make everyday trips easier.
For your child the ergonomic seat with safety harness provides mobility with comfort and security, plus a degree of independence.
Supplied with Safety Harness – £399 + VAT (0%)
(inc. delivery to UK mainland)
Unlike the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair this model can be self propelled, although it does not have to be there are the same rear push handles. The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair may suit a child who is ready for that independence; both responsible and trusted enough to make decisions on where they want to go and physically able to put that into action.
The downside to this model, compared to the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair, is the possibility of hands being caught in the wheels as it is pushed along, and access by the child to a second parking brake release lever.
Many wheelchairs are very rudimentary, unsightly, uncomfortable and impractical (including some provided by the NHS), but a wheelchair can be practical and stylish. The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair will make you re-think your opinion of wheelchairs.
The age range for the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair is determined by the childs size and in particular reflects the length of the childs legs. For guidance this could be from a 7 year old with an upper age of perhaps 14. The seat is much deeper than that on the Major Elite, a child is less ‘perched’ on the seat so the lower leg length does not have to be substantially longer. That is not to say that a child with a shorter lower leg will not fit, however they may not reach the footrests to begin with and they may need a cushion behind them to pack out the seat a little. We think that this is the next stage on from the Major Elite which we would expect a child to be outgrowing at say 8-9 years.
The structurally robust and surprising rigid aluminium frame is approved for a occupant weighing up to 100kg however we would expect that someone of this size would need a seat wider than the 41cm model (16″) we supply.
The S-Ergo Seat is a curved ergonomic design which helps to resist sliding, provides pressure relief, improves posture and comfort. The lightly padded seat fabric contains Aegis microbe shield permanently bonded antimicrobial barrier.
The Safety Harness is fitted around the metal framework for security but as a ‘floating’ harness. Unlike a built-in harness, it is not limited by the height of the shoulder strap fixing point. When you first use your Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair it does take a few minutes to fit and adjust the Safety Harness so that it is appropriate for the size of your child, but once done then it is done and everyday use is just a single quick release clip to operate.
It comes with a 2 Year Frame Warranty (1 year other parts) which covers defects of manufacture or component not ‘wear and tear’. The lifetime of the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair may be significantly reduced if the child is not a co-operative occupant. We do not recommend the Ergo Lightweight Pushchair for a child with challenging behaviour, the heavier duty Trotter pushchair may be more suitable.
We can supply a range of accessories for the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair – Headrest Extension, Lambskin Comfort Liner, Wheely Mac, Footmuff and Rucksack style Storage Bag, plus a Travel Bag. There isn’t a Rain Cover which will fit, we recommend the Wheely Mac.
The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair has relatively small wheels, 15cm front and 51cm rear, which are best suited to smooth surfaces, it will struggle off road or with a larger child even on a cobbled street (see our other pushchairs, e.g. Advanced Mobility Independence) so it is essentially an urban wheelchair. The relatively small ‘footprint’ of the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair makes it suitable for use around town, inside shops or other places indoors, e.g. School.
The Key Features:
6″ swivel front wheels
- good manoeuvrability in small places
- small wheels unsuitable for rough surfaces
- hard wheels no suspension
- not lockable
20″ rear wheels
- foam filled so puncture proof
- foam filling provides some shock absorption
- larger wheels more ‘free rolling’ (easier to push & more comfortable) over ruts and bumps
- quick release for more compact storage
Removable & Adjustable Footrests
- three levels of adjustment
- can be removed or turned out to the sides
- do not need to be removed before folding
- curved ergonomic design improves posture and comfort
- fixed angle not adjustable
- contoured and padded for comfort
- maximum weight limit 200, 100kg (but check dimensions)
Lightweight but robust aluminium frame
- only 10.4kg
- 2 year frame warranty
- 1 year warranty on wheels, fabrics, footrests & other parts
- folds compactly see Specifications
Control & Parking Brake
- dual rear wheel brakes operated by hand levers on rear pushing handles AND seat side levers
- three stage progressive brake system allows gradual deceleration on gradients
- there is a small pocket on the rear of the seat
- a Rucksack style rear bag is available as an optional accessory
- wipe clean (sponge-able) fabrics
- tough plastic non pneumatic wheels (no punctures !)
- eligible for VAT relief when purchased for a child with special needs
There is a range of accessories for the Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair:
Lambskin Comfort Liner
Wheely Cosy Footmuff
Rucksack Storage Bag
Trabasack Lap Desk
Kerb Assist Lever
The Ergo Lightweight Wheelchair is not ‘Crash Tested’ it cannot be used for transporting a child in a vehicle, however we can supply a very similar model which is crash tested, please contact us for details.
Whilst the Maclaren Major Elite may be used for someone with special needs the seat may be unsuitable if they require postural management support, if in doubt please seek the advice of your physiotherapist.