This type of wheelchair is part of the manual wheelchair family, but it does have some features that are consistent with power chairs. This may include a power assisting feature that allows the user to go from a seated to a standing position. It could also include chairs that are adapted to have a front wheel power drive which allows them to propel with the use of a joystick.
A manual chair with a power assist feature can be considered a “hybrid wheelchair” because it is not entirely manual, but also not completely a power chair. Propulsion assist devices are used to convert a manual chair into one that can assist the user without any exertion of energy.
There is a couple of different variations in features when it comes to propulsion assist device that attach to the wheelchair, some look like the front of a motorcycle, where the handles are the throttle controls that allow you to propel. The other type is the kind where you add a component to the back of the wheelchair, below the seat to be able to propel without needing to touch or push the rims of the chair.
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