Wheelchairs

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GENERAL GUIDELINES FOR OPERATION
  • Folding and unfolding the wheelchair:
    • To fold, lift up in the center of the wheelchair seat

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    • To unfold, press down on the seat rail and seat upholstery. Do not place any part of your hand under the seat rail.

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  • To apply the wheel locks, push forward on the lock tips (or pull back if your wheelchair is equipped with the pull-to-lock type), until the lock snaps into the locked position. Do not attempt to enter or exit the wheelchair without having the locks securely engaged.
  • To fold the footplates into a vertical position, lift up on the inside edge of the footplate. If your footplates are equipped with heel loops, these must first be pulled forward over the rear of the footplates.
  • To adjust elevating leg rests, simply elevate them to the desired position. To lower them, support the leg rest with one hand, while activating the elevation release mechanism with the other hand. Lower them to the desired position.
  • The footplates should be adjusted to fit the user’s leg length. The footplate should also support the weight of the user’s lower leg and thigh. An adjustment that is too long will result in a pressure line forming under the thigh, at the edge of the upholstery. An adjustment that is too short will result in increased pressure in the buttocks, which puts the user at greater risk for developing a pressure sore. The knees and hips of the user should be at approximately the same level.
  • Step tubes can be used by a caregiver to assist in tilting the wheelchair back to negotiate small curbs/obstacles. Use extreme caution when performing this operation, as it puts the user at risk for injury due to tipping the wheelchair back too far. The step tubes extend from the bottom of the wheelchair, just inside the wheels. To use, the caregiver should apply downward pressure with one foot on the step tube. Push the wheelchair forward with the wheelchair grips, taking care not to apply too much pressure to the step tube.

GENERAL SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS
  • Always keep hands and fingers clear of moving parts to avoid injury.
  • Do not traverse, climb, or go down ramps greater than 9 degrees.
  • Do not attempt to move up or down an incline with a water, ice, or oil film.
  • Do not operate on roads, streets, or highways.
  • Do not attempt to ride over curbs or obstacles. Doing so may cause the chair to tip over.
  • Do not attempt to reach objects if you have to move forward in the seat.
  • Do not attempt to reach objects if you have to pick them up from the floor by reaching down between your knees.
  • Do not lean over the top of the back upholstery to reach objects behind you, as this may cause the wheelchair to tip over.
  • Do not attempt to stop a moving wheelchair by using the wheel locks. Wheel locks are not brakes.
  • Do not tip the wheelchair without assistance.
  • Do not use an escalator to move a wheelchair between floors.
  • Do not attempt to lift the wheelchair by any removable/detachable parts.
  • Do not stand on the frame of the wheelchair.
  • Do not use the footplate as a platform. When getting in or out of the wheelchair, make sure the footplates are in the upward position.
  • If your wheelchair is equipped with a seat-positioning strap, always use it while sitting in the wheelchair.
  • Do not do any type of weight training in your wheelchair.


GENERAL MAINTENANCE
  • Periodically check your wheelchair for the following problems. Contact our office if you need assistance in troubleshooting any of these items.
    • Ensure the wheelchair rolls straight.
    • Inspect wheelchair for any loose or missing hardware.
    • Inspect wheelchair for any damage/bent pieces.
    • Ensure wheel locks do not interfere with tires when rolling.
    • Ensure wheel locks are free of wear and are not loose.
    • Ensure wheel locks engage fully, and prevent the chair from moving.
    • Inspect seat for rips, tears, looseness, or sagging.
    • Inspect cane grips for wear/looseness/deterioration.
    • Inspect wheels for flat spots, cracked/broken/bent/missing spokes, excessive wear.


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