Bariatric wheelchairs for Seniors

Bariatric wheelchairA bariatric wheelchair (often referred to as extra wide wheelchair or heavy duty wheelchair) is one which is designed to support larger weights.


What does the word Bariatric mean?

Bariatrics is a field of medicine that deals with obesity treatment and weight loss in general. Term was derived from three different root origins: bari (Greek for heavy weight), iatrikos/iatros (describes physicians and treatment in Greek) and the suffix, ic (means pertaining to).

Generally, the term “bariatric patient” is used for someone who is extremely over weight or with a BMI (Body Mass Index) of 30+. Other factors include height, size, weight distribution and mobility issues.

The Challenge

There has been increase in the number of bariatric patients in recent years.  This presents a challenge to caregivers providing care due to their size and difficulty with mobility. Because they are mobility-dependent, they require help with day to day activities. This poses a risk of injury not only for themselves but also those providing the care. Parameters caregivers must also take into consideration include: patient’s weight, mobility, ability to transfer, skin condition and personal hygiene needs.

What is the solution?

This led to the development bariatric safe patient handling equipment. The design of these equipment incorporates higher weight capacities and is safe for larger or obese patients.

Bariatric wheelchair

The design of these wheelchairs incorporate higher weight capacities and is safe for larger or obese patients. Besides, these heavy duty models are all foldable and feature flip up armrest, detachable footrest, PU castor and pneumatic mag wheel. They are easy to stow and carry like lightweight wheelchairs, they differ in their construction, while lightweight wheelchairs often employ materials like aluminum alloy, a bariatric wheelchair is usually steel.


Width – 72cm
Height : 93cm
Diameter of rear wheel:60cm
Diameter of front wheel:20cm
Maximum Load – 125kg
Overall Dimensions(cm) : 80 x 28 x 76
Net weight : 21kg
Gross weight : 23kg

Where to source them?

We recommend ‘The Old is Gold Store’, a speciality store offering an assortment of products & services exclusive to senior citizens. Besides the above, you will find several products that make your older adult’s life easier.