Karma Self-Propelling Lightweight Wheelchair

Versatile, Lightweight and Adjustable Wheelchair

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If you're looking for an incredibly versatile wheelchair that is light enough to lift into the boot of the car, yet with ample adjustment to get set-up 'just right', you've found it in the Karma KM020 self-propelling, lightweight wheelchair.

This very commonly prescribed, lightweight alloy wheelchair has numerous options, accessories and setting possibilities; making life easier for the user and the caregiver, and suiting the individual needs of each user.

It's durability, adjustability and overall functionality are all elements that it's current endorsers would cite as reasons behind the popularity of this product.

Available on both 20" and 22" widths, it is suitable for the larger user, with both of these sizes of wheelchair having a maximum user weight limit of 160 kgs.

  • Height adjustable backrest - Standard Backrest Height 15.5" - Adjustments available upto 18.5" or 22" with tall backcane option
  • Pelvic positioning belt designed to keep user well positioned in the wheelchair
  • Quick release, removable rear wheels on self-propelling model for enhanced outdoor capabilities
  • Flip-back, height adjustable (11.5" - 18.5") armrests with desk (10" x 1⁷⁄₈") or full length (12" x 1⁷⁄₈") armrests
  • High mounted, push-to-lock brakes
  • 70° swing-away leg rests, with calf strap
  • Lower Leg Length - Standard 16" - 18" (with the shortest length achievable 13" and longest 20")
  • Reinforced cross bracing – strong but easily folded
  • Multiple position rear wheel and castor mounts to optimise centre of gravity, and seat to-floor height adjustments, as well as amputee setting
  • Pump and tool kit for ongoing standard maintenance
  • 24" pneumatic rear wheel on self-propelling model
  • 12.5" pneumatic rear wheel on transit model
  • Overall width is the seat width plus 9"
  • Tube diameter - Armrest tube ¾"; Back Cane tube ⁷⁄₈"
User Weight Limit 160 kg
Frame Type Folding
Product Weight 15.5 kg
Frame Material Aircraft grade aluminium
Seat Widths 18", 20", 22"
Seat Depths 16", 17", 18", 19", 20"
Rear Wheels Pneumatic tyre 24" x 1 3/8" with anodised push rims
Castors 8" x 2" Solid urethane
Anti-Tippers Standard, removable
Seat to Floor Height 16" - 21" depending on specific configuration (19" standard)
Overall Width Seat width plus 6" (15cm)
Warranty Frame: 5 years. All other components: 12 months

How do I fold my manual wheelchair?

One of the easiest ways to do this is to lift up under the centre of the wheelchair seat upholstery. To unfold the wheelchair, tilt slightly to one side, and then press down on one or both seat rails.

And remember to keep fingers and hands clear of any moving parts! If you don't, you'll only do it once. Ouch!

How do I know what size wheelchair is right for me?

Just like items of clothing such as shoes, it is important that the wheelchair fits the person who is using it well enough to ensure they are comfortable and that it's not likely to press on any part of their body, as this has the potential to create pressure areas.

To ensure the right fit, you need to be able to tell us the following:

  1. The measurement from your bottom to your shoulder (taken when you are sitting).
  2. The measurement from the back of your bottom to the back of your knee.
  3. The measurement from behind the knee to your heel (when sitting).
  4. The widest measurement of your backside when seated.
  5. Telling us your weight also helps, as different wheelchairs have different user weight limits.

If you can't get all these measurements, there are a couple of simple things that you can do once you are in a wheelchair to make sure that it fits you okay:

  • Is there enough room to slide your hand down between the armrest and your thigh? If this is not possible, you need to try a larger size.
  • Are you able to put two fingers side by side behind your knee before hitting the seat upholstery? If not, then you need to get a wheelchair with a longer seat depth.

And the good news is that if you are working with a therapist to help select the right wheelchair for you, they will take all of the measurements that they need during your assessment, so you don't need to worry about this!

Why do you need to have leg rests that swing-away?

If the leg rests swing-away, the wheelchair user can get closer to an object that they are being transferred onto, like a bed or a chair. The swing-away leg rests also make it easier if a hoist or piece of equipment is used to help transfer the wheelchair user and gets them closer to the wheelchair which will make the transfer easier and safer.

Can the leg rest length be adjusted?

The position of the footplate can easily be adjusted to fit the individual's leg length. To alter the length, simply loosen the bolt under the end of the leg rest, adjust the footplate in and out to achieve the desired position, and then retighten the bolt securely.

The footplate should be adjusted to support the weight of the individual's foot and lower leg in such a position that permits the weight to be beared by the thighs. If the leg rest is too long, the user will have a line of pressure under the thigh, at the front of the seat upholstery. If the leg rest is too short, the knees will be too high and too much pressure will be on the buttocks.

Ideally the user's knees and hips should be at the same angle.

Why are anti-tippers important?

Anti-tippers are designed to stop the wheelchair from tipping backwards when the wheelchair is going up an incline. While some anti-tippers are removable, Allied Medical does not recommend this. They are a safety feature on the wheelchair and should be used at all times.

What is the ideal height for the backrest for you?

Ideally, you want to have the back upholstery end just under your shoulder blade. Sometimes carers like to have the push canes higher to make it easier for them to push, but be careful in raising them up too high as this can often stop the users being able to self-propel easily. An adjustable height backrest is a sensible idea, especially if you haven't yet decided which wheelchair cushion you are going to use.

What are the benefits of height adjustable armrests?

Armrests offer somewhere to rest and support the arms. We are all different sizes and choose to sit on different height cushions, so height adjustment is important. By being able to adjust the height of the armrests you may also be able to get under a table more easily, or if you are using a tray, the tray can be at a serviceable height for you. Proper armrest height is very important as it can prevent shoulder problems. An armrest that is correctly adjusted will support your forearms with your elbows at 90 degrees and your shoulders will be level.

Do you ever have second hand wheelchairs?

Unfortunately not. As Allied Medical is an importer, we only stock new wheelchairs. However, from time to time we do have wheelchairs that are ex-demo and may have some minor paintwork damage. We are happy to sell these at a reduced price but with the same warranties. This is a good way of getting a great wheelchair at a price that is a little easier on the pocket.

If you want a second hand wheelchair, try looking on Trade Me or visit our Resellers page as they may have some available (link to Find a Reseller page).

Once I have my wheelchair, what maintenance does it need?

Most wheelchairs come with a basic instruction manual which outlines any specific regular maintenance that is required for that model.

In general, it is a good idea to check the following on a monthly basis:

  • If you have pneumatic tyres on your wheelchair, check that the air pressure in the tyres is correct – the correct pressure is indicated on the side of the tyre.
  • Check the axle housing is free from dirt, hair and mud. Clean any dirt or hair that has gathered around the axles – the wheels need to spin freely.
  • Check the castors run smoothly – make sure there is no hair, fluff or grit in the castors.
  • Check the brakes hold the tyre firmly in place and are easy to put on and off.
  • Check the nuts and bolts are all tight and secure.

Other words of advice when choosing a wheelchair.
Try as many as you can – visit one of our Resellers who will hold several different models in stock so you can compare them there. Their staff are trained to assist people find the right size wheelchair for you that is within your price range.

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