How to Maneuver a Wheelchair

Wheelchairs are tools that assist people that have restricted mobility to go from one location to another. Even though a number of battery powered alternatives are on the market, hand-operated (person operated) wheelchairs remain the most typical form of wheelchair.

Hand-operated chairs can be maneuvered by a caregiver, letting her to shift the individual from one spot to another without difficulty. They are able to also be powered by the patient when their circumstances allows, providing them with a greater amount of self-reliance.

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Instructions For Caregivers

1. Situate the patient in wheelchair in a good, vertical posture. The chair’s wheels must be properly locked when you are moving the patient to and from the wheelchair. The footrests should be folded to the side to ensure that they are not in the way when the patient is getting into the wheelchair.

2. Shift the footrests back to the front of the chair and position the patient’s legs on them. Be sure that the footrests are fine-tuned to the appropriate place for the patient.

3. Hold on to grips on back of wheelchair securely and start pushing or pulling wheelchair in the proposed route. You should always tell the patient you are going to be moving them.

4. Reduce speed when nearing corners. Approaching a corner too fast might be unpleasant for the patient.

5. Perform the ways of moving a wheelchair with an unoccupied chair in the beginning, specifically challenging tasks such as navigating curbs. Do not try a new move for the very first time with a person in the chair.

Instructions For Users

1. Place yourself in the wheelchair in a good, erect position. Your feet should be placed ahead of you in the footrests.

2. Grip the wheels of the chair with your hands and thrust back or ahead to move in that direction. You will need to get appropriate training from a physical therapist or additional medical experts before trying to use your wheelchair on your own.

3. Reduce speed whenever you approach a change in direction like turns and corners. Going into a turn to quickly might cause the wheelchair to fall over and can cause personal injury.

4. Never try to force your wheelchair up any kind of slope (such as hills or ramps) that you don’t feel comfortable or strong enough moving up. Additionally, refrain from moving up or down curbs unassisted, whenever possible.

 

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