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Drive Medical FW19BL Fly-Weight Transport Chair

Updated on February 20, 2013

The Drive Medical FW19BL Fly Weight Tranport Chair - to walk or to ride, that is the question...

...And, if my mom were to answer the question, it would be to ride in her Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair.

As the full time caregiver for my 94 year old mom, Gertie, I couldn't do my job if it weren't for the Drive Medical companion wheelchair. My mom can still walk (she uses a 2 wheel walker) but, for longer excursions like out for ice cream (!), I pop her right into the Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair and, as Jackie Gleason used to say, "Away we go!"

In case you're unfamiliar, a companion wheelchair is meant to be pushed by, well, a companion. That's why all 4 wheels are so very teeny and that's why this wheelchair is considered a fly weight - it weighs only 19 lbs - it's so easy to stow in the back of my car or in the trunk.

If you or someone you know is in need of a companion wheelchair, this is the one for you.

Update: October 1, 2012: My adorable Mom died Feb 15, 2012. She is sorely missed but, in a lot of ways, she is right here with me as she's always been. We donated her wheelchair, walker, and front step ramp to people who really needed them for which I'm grateful.

The Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair on Amazon.com

We've had this exact Drive Medical companion wheelchair for over 10 years now. The only maintenance we've ever had done was to adjust the brakes so poor Mom didn't take off on her own on a slope - true story. That's how I knew to have the brakes adjusted...she's fine, by the way. Which reminds me...one of my favorite features is the nice safety belt...

Click the picture to see the best pricing on Amazon.com. We actually checked with insurance about covering the cost of this companion wheelchair but Mom's deductible was more than the chair cost! It's well worth the money.

Drive Medical FW19BL Fly-Weight Transport ChairCHECK PRICE

Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I had known - My new Kindle eBook

Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known
Senior citizen caregiving 101: Things I wish I'd known

When I became my elderly Mom's caregiver, I had no idea about what I was doing! This eBook is the result of 5 years of successes and failures! It's free through the Kindle library and is fairly amusing reading.

 

Make your favorite wheelchair rider more comfortable with these wheelchair cushions

These wheelchair cushions are machine washable so easy to freshen up as needed.

Duro-Med Comfort Pillow Cushion with Six TiesCHECK PRICE

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The Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair - Product Features

As noted, above, you already know that the safety belt is my favorite feature but this companion chair has many more wonderful things about it. Read on to discover what I'm typing about.

  1. 19" wide seat - now, that's a pretty wide-body wheelchair! The Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair can carry up to 300 lbs.
  2. Total weight of the chair is just 19 lbs - if you're at all familiar with wheelchairs, that's light. My back certainly can tell the difference between this chair and a standard wheelchair as I tote it to and from the car.
  3. Swing away foot rests means that you or you loved one has an easier time getting into and out of this wheelchair.
  4. The pouch on the back of the seat is the perfect place to stow some beer cans when getting on a cruise ship - yes, another true story. We figured that 1) Mom wouldn't get caught (she didn't) and 2) if they caught her, she'd get leniency. I suppose one could also use the pouch to store purchases or a small oxygen bottle but what fun would that be?
  5. I can fold the Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair flat with just one hand by picking up a handle on the seat. Very easy to stow this way.

Gizmo hitches a ride with Mom on her handicapped walker

Gizmo hitches a ride with Mom on her handicapped walker
Gizmo hitches a ride with Mom on her handicapped walker

Wheelchair Dance Competition in Europe

Ok, this video just flat out floored me - I had no idea that any kind of dancing can be done in a wheelchair! I watched every second of this video and bet you will too. Get on it - click that button. It's just fascinating.

Drive medical fly weight transport chair
Drive medical fly weight transport chair

The Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair

Product Reviews

58 customers have reviewed the Drive Medical companion wheelchair on Amazon with an average rating of 4.5 stars. The lowest rating was 4 stars (9 people) and the rest were all 5 stars. That's a pretty good rating, all around. The below is a brief synopsis of what people had to say:

~Due to its small weight, this wheelchair was sited as being much easier to push than a standard wheelchair. I can vouch for that. My mom only weighs around 130 but, on a hill, I'm grateful for the 8" wheels (a smoother ride) and the light weight.

~Almost everyone comments on the ease of folding and storing this transport chair. It folds almost flat and can be stowed about anywhere. When we go to restaurants, I fold it up and put it next to our table or behind Mom's chair. It's also so comfortable that Mom sometimes just prefers to sit in the wheelchair over transferring to a regular chair.

~One reviewer noted that the Amazon.com price on this companion wheelchair beat Sam's club's price by $30. Now, that's a great thing!

~A few people noted that this wheelchair is best as a short term solution and not the best for a full day of shopping. I disagree as I've taken my Mom on very long excursions in the Drive Medical transport chair and she and I have found it to be perfectly comfortable.

Note: that's my brother pushing my Mom around Brookside Gardens here in Silver Spring, Maryland. We couldn't have done that outing if it weren't for the Drive Medical wheelchair.

Here's links to my other reviews of handicapped walkers and knee scooters

Handicap walkers
My 94 year old Mom, Gertie, uses a handicap walker, and we've gone through a few to find the cream of the crop. Handicapped walkers come in all sizes and sha...

Drive Medical FW19BL Fly-Weight Transport Chair
...And, if my mom were to answer the question, it would be to ride in her Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair. As the full time caregiver for my 94 yea...

Hugo Portable Rollator Walker with Seat, Backrest and 8 Inch Wheels
My Mom used a walker as she aged, but she didn't use anything as fancy as the Hugo Portable Rollator Walker with Seat, Backrest and 8 Inch Wheels. No siree B...

Hugo Elite Rolling Walker with Seat, Backrest and Saddle Bag
Here's my theory: if you need a 4 wheel handicap walker, why not go with the best, and that's exactly what the Hugo Eite Rolling Walker with seat, backrest a...

Duro-Med 2-Button Adjustable Aluminum Folding Walker with 5 Inch Wheels
As one who cares for her 94 year old mother, I'm intimately aware of the benefits of using just the right walker and the Duro-Med 2-Button Adjustable Aluminu...

Duro-Med Steel 3-Wheel Rollator
The Duro-Med Steel 3-Wheel Rollator is just the right choice for a portable, reliable, stylish handicap walker. The 3 wheels on this walker give stablility f...

When you have limited mobility, the Drive 790 Neebop Steerable Knee Walker will be your best friend!
As one who has broken her foot (I broke one bone in 3 separate places) and has had knee surgery (I knew exercise was bad for me), I wish I had had one of the...

Have you ever used or pushed a wheelchair? What's your take on the Drive Medical Fly Weight Transport Chair How about this lens? Love it or hate it - please leave me a comment.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      @anonymous: Tipi: we LOVE our little companion wheelchair. So easy to bring with us anywhere and stows in the back of my convertible too.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      When you need a wheel chair to get around in, there is nothing else like it. I see people take light weight wheel chair and electric ones out of the backs of vans, and they look so easy to deal with.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      This sounds like a great way to go. Literally! I love that it's so lightweight. That's an important feature.

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      happynutritionist 5 years ago

      I have a disabled brother and my father lived for about 5 years after having a stroke...so we are very familiar with and thankful for wheel chairs.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      A wheelchair is a godsend when you need it.