We just purchased a nice transport chair which has hand brakes on it as well as the wheelbrakes. I got it specifically because mom's aide has a bad back and I wanted her to have the convenience of hand brakes. We love using the hand brakes to lock the chair in place for when she sits down or gets up. It appears to be very secure when we do this. However, I am hearing conflicting opinions on if this is "safe" or not to do. Some are saying that ONLY the wheel brakes should be used for getting in and out of chair. We use it mostly in the kitchen and only indooors. (Most of the time she uses a walker.) Any thoughts on this? I purchased it specifically for the wheelbrake option.