Sunrise Medical Quickie Life R Rigid Wheelchair
The Quickie Life R is the ideal choice for first-time active wheelchair users. Offering unparalleled adjustability, it can be fine-tuned to meet improving wheelchair skills as well as changing clinical needs. On-chair adjustments allow the Life to be changed in increments between a stable passive position and a highly active, energy-efficient set-up, without needing new parts. The rigid box frame of the Life R provides good rolling performance, and is extremely robust for a long-lasting and reliable wheelchair.
It can take a while to get used to your first active wheelchair, both finding your best seating set-up and also developing your wheelchair skills. The Life caters for this by providing a massive range of on-chair adjustments - including 6 cm of centre of gravity, 8 cm of rear seat height, and 1 - 4° wheel camber, all of which don't require new parts, and are a much higher level of adjustments than found on other chairs. This allows you to start off with maximum stability, for example with fold-down push handles and anti-tips fitted as well, and then change the configuration as you gain confidence to a more aggressive, energy efficient and active set-up.
The seating offers a similar wide range of configurations to ensure your wheelchair always provides a high level of comfort and matches your clinical needs. This includes an angle-adjustable backrest with a pivot point 6 cm above the seat to match your hip angle, and a choice of either tension adjustable backrest upholstery or the more clinical J3 range of posture-supporting backrests, plus an array of armrests and sideguards. Your choice of either a fixed or swing-away front end is also available. The fixed option provides better rigidity and thus performance, as well as a more compact footprint with the option of a 2 cm inset. Swing-away legrests enable easier forward transfers, and there is a choice of the lightweight Xenon2 legrests or cheaper Helix-style ones.
A teens version is also available - the Quickie Life RT (pictured in light blue), designed for an adolescent's body size and needs, with smaller seat widths available. The high levels of adjustability make the Life RT the ideal wheelchair for children and teenagers, being able to adapt to changing needs and developing wheelchair skills. Other options include the Safari brake, carefully integrated into the skirtguard to allow easy braking without the need to lean forward.
While the Life R is heavier than higher-end active wheelchairs such as the Argon or Helium, it has a range of lightweight and high-tech customisation options cascaded down from these models, such as Helium-style carbon fibre sideguards and foot platform. This weight reduction helps to minimise the energy needed for everyday activities, reducing the load on your shoulders, arms and hands.
The Life range is a popular choice in the NHS for its robust, long-established design - it is fully crash tested, and features three stabiliser bars for outstanding rigidity and to ensure it stands the test of time. While the box frame does mean the Life R is not as compact as models like the Argon2 once the wheels are popped off, it is still relatively transportable with a double-locking backrest for an easy lifting point. However, if easy transport is the priority, we would suggest considering either the folding Life F, or the open-framed Argon2.
If you wish to use a handbike, the Life R is the ideal wheelchair due to its excellent strength and robust frame. It can be pre-prepared for the Quickie Attitude handbike, which is available in either a manual, powered or hybrid variant, depending on whether you wish to focus on improving your strength and stamina or simply wish to cruise around.
While many first-time wheelchairs have a clunky, "medical" look to them, the Life has all the style options you'd expect of the Quickie range. This includes 32 frame colours plus a selection of accent colours to personalise your wheelchair, plus good-looking Surge handrims, coloured components and the option for an inset "sporty" frame.
The Life R is a modern take on a classic frame design, an attractive yet practical wheelchair. In our view, it is the best pick for those new to active wheelchairs who want to benefit from a rigid frame. It offers the highest range of "on chair" adjustability - more than on the Argon2, letting it adapt to your changing requirements, whilst still retaining good performance. While ultimately most wheelchair users will then go on to a lighter more advanced model such as the Helium, by gaining experience with the Life you can develop your skills and work out the best set-up for your wheelchair.
|Weight||from 10.7 kg (1.7 st)|
|Weight capacity||125 kg (19.6 st)|
|Seat width||34 - 48 cm (13 - 19 in)|
|Seat depth||36 - 50 cm (14 - 20 in)|
|Front seat height||39 - 50 cm (15 - 20 in)|
|Rear seat height||36 - 47 cm (14 - 18.5 in)|
|Backrest height||25 - 45 cm (10 - 18 in)|
|Frame angle||80° / 88° (fixed front) or 70° / 80° / 90° (swing-away)|
As a Sunrise Medical Elite Dealer, Wheelfreedom are specialists in the Quickie lightweight wheelchair range. If you require further information on the Life R and teens Quickie Life RT, or wish to place an order, please call us on 0800 0258 005. Our customer services team will be able to advise you on the wheelchair and the options available. We can also arrange for a free home consultation, where you will have the opportunity to have a hands-on demonstration from a Quickie Professional.