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What Are the Different Types of Wheelchair Trays?

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  • Written By: Erin J. Hill
  • Edited By: Bronwyn Harris
  • Last Modified Date: 07 November 2018
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Most wheelchair trays are used either to help people eat, do activities, or carry items from one place to another. Some are used in stores instead of a shopping cart so those who need the assistance of a wheelchair don't have to worry about having someone else maneuver a cart throughout the store. Other trays can be attached and taken off at home, and used for a variety of purposes. Some have extra baskets and compartments to hold beverages, pencils, and other items. There are also various materials of which wheelchair trays can be constructed, and each have their own pros and cons.

One differentiation between wheelchair trays is the materials they are made from. Some are constructed from durable metals that won't chip, crack, peel, or rust. This means that consumers can get more for their money, since they won't have to worry about costly replacements as often. There are also lightweight plastic trays that are also usually highly durable. Those who are trying to decide between the two can often place both types of trays on their chairs to see how well they work.

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There are also wheelchair trays available that feature additional storage options that connect directly to the trays. Some have baskets that can be used to carry supplies, clothes, and other items easily from room to room. Others have compartments such as cup holders, pencil holders, and other small areas where items can go. These make doing projects around the house easier to complete, since all needed items can be kept right there. These trays can be a little more expensive, but they offer added convenience that is well worth it for many patients. There may also be additional accessories that can be added to the trays once they are installed.

Other wheelchair trays include those on public chairs that double as shopping carts. These are usually deeper than most trays and feature wire sides to hold groceries and other items in place. They are typically not removable, although some options might be added to a person's existing chair.

Trays should be easy to install, especially for patients who have to set them themselves. Most come with hardware and other materials to help make installation easier. Those who can't install the trays themselves should ask a store or manufacturer associate for assistance.

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