How to adjust a wheelchair?
Wheelchairs are essential for people with mobility issues. - Online on April 18 2013
Do you need to use an orthopedic device because of an injury, accident, loss of autonomy or disability? The Services Unisanté videos offer you valuable advice to ensure your comfort and well-being if you need to use a cane, crutches, a walker or a wheelchair.
If you’re looking to purchase an orthopedic device or if you want personalized advice, don’t hesitate to consult your family pharmacist.
Wheelchairs are essential for people with mobility issues.
There are 2 kinds: the conventional wheelchair and the transport chair, which doesn’t have push rings. People using this type of chair have to be pushed by someone else.
Here are some basic principles on how to adjust a wheelchair.
- The wheelchair seat should be wide enough to have a space of about an inch and a half or 4 centimeters on either side of the user’s hips.
- The seat should be deep enough to provide good support for the thighs while leaving the backs of the knees free.
- The armrests should be adjusted so the shoulders are well-aligned and the elbows are supported, if possible, at a 90 degree angle.
- When adjusting the footrests, make sure you’re sitting straight in the wheelchair. Adjust the footrests so they are at a 70 to 90 degree angle to the knees.
- Many accessories can be added to a wheelchair to make it more comfortable. Most are available at your pharmacy.