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    As wheelchairs are used, the wheels tend to pick up and carry dirt. Furthermore, their use within a home can often track dirt inside or   Read More ...

    Most wheels for a wheelchair come with a variety of options and configurations. For instance, wheels can come in various sizes, weights and maintenance levels.   Read More ...

    It is commonly known that wheelchair brakes are used to not only keep the chair stationary, but also to help the user with its maneuverability.   Read More ...

    Wheelchair brakes are essential during critical periods such as transfers. Also, brakes can be used to grant the user additional maneuverability of a chair by   Read More ...

    Constructing a wheelchair that is an appropriate fit for the client is a difficult task. One of the most difficult areas to perfect, yet most   Read More ...

    When a wheelchair is prescribed, the user should ideally be assessed by a health professional to determine the amount of assistance needed when transferring to   Read More ...

    When using a wheelchair for community mobility, a wheelchair bag is often useful for carrying necessary items. Most wheelchair bags are secured with straps to   Read More ...

    Most wheelchairs come standard with metal handrims that clients can utilize to self propel. However, sometimes metal handrims are not optimal. For instance, in climates   Read More ...

    Transporting wheelchairs in vehicles is often difficult due to the space they occupy. If the wheelchair can be taken apart, it can more easily fit   Read More ...

    Like most objects, wheelchairs possess the capability to tip over, and may potentially injure the user. The design of most wheelchairs requires that the wheels   Read More ...

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    As wheelchairs are used, the wheels tend to pick up and carry dirt. Furthermore, their use within a home can often track dirt inside or   Read More ...

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    Training Manual: Wheelchair Skills Program

    Wheelchairs are sometimes novel devices to users. It is also possible that long term users never obtained training on how to use a wheelchair correctly.   Read More ...

    As wheelchairs are used, the wheels tend to pick up and carry dirt. Furthermore, their use within a home can often track dirt inside or leave marks on floors and/or carpets. Fortunately, there exist tire covers that can either cover the tire alone, or cover the hand grip as well. As an example, this accessory can be used when attending an event at a friend’s house and one does not wish to leave   Read More ...

    Wheelchairs are sometimes novel devices to users. It is also possible that long term users never obtained training on how to use a wheelchair correctly. In situations such as these, it is important to realize that the users must be trained on the use of wheelchairs in order to prevent injury from unsafe operation. Fortunately, there is a useful and free guide available from the Dalhousie University. The manual from the “Wheelchair Skills   Read More ...

    Most wheels for a wheelchair come with a variety of options and configurations. For instance, wheels can come in various sizes, weights and maintenance levels. In this case, the characteristics of the mag wheel will be discussed. The mag wheel is composed of a rigid frame and its durability is increased as a result. This facilitates its use as an attachment point for bus locking systems as there is less chance   Read More ...

    It is commonly known that wheelchair brakes are used to not only keep the chair stationary, but also to help the user with its maneuverability. For safety reasons, brakes are an essential feature that should come with any wheelchair. Currently, there exists a large amount of types of braking systems on the market. Pull to lock braking mechanisms is one of top two most common systems. The advantage of using   Read More ...

    Wheelchair brakes are essential during critical periods such as transfers. Also, brakes can be used to grant the user additional maneuverability of a chair by preventing one wheel from moving while allowing free motion in the other. Currently, there exists several different types of brakes that a client can engage / disengage on their own. The push to lock brake is one commonly used mechanism. Push to lock is one   Read More ...

    There are some cases where clients demonstrate functional manual muscle testing (MMT), yet a wheelchair would still be implicated to decrease the risk of falls. MMT is a technique that measures the strength of muscles and can be applied to both upper and lower extremities. When looking at the strength and endurance of one’s lower extremities, one is interested in whether a client possesses the necessary abilities to walk. MMT   Read More ...

    Constructing a wheelchair that is an appropriate fit for the client is a difficult task. One of the most difficult areas to perfect, yet most essential components of a chair recommendation is the seating of the user. There are estimations on how to measure the client’s body to order a wheelchair that would constitute as a good fit. However, it is sometimes difficult to predict how a client will look   Read More ...

    When a wheelchair is prescribed, the user should ideally be assessed by a health professional to determine the amount of assistance needed when transferring to and from the wheelchair. In some cases, the user may need assistance and/or supervision to ensure that transfers occur safely. When this is combined with a client’s poor insight into their deficits, a chair alarm may be trialed to ensure transfers remain safe. Chair alarms   Read More ...

    When using a wheelchair for community mobility, a wheelchair bag is often useful for carrying necessary items. Most wheelchair bags are secured with straps to the back seat of the chair. Note that wheelchair back seats come in different sizes and shapes, not all bags will fit ideally. For this reason, one must determine which bag would fit most appropriately prior to purchase. Despite the utility of wheelchair bags, their   Read More ...

    Wheelchairs are mobility devices that individuals often sit in for hours a day for a variety of reasons such as: avoiding bed sores, transportation in the community and taking part in their activities of daily living. However, sitting for extended periods of time may be detrimental to the user as sustained pressure may lead to pressure sores. To alleviate some of these complaints, special wheelchair seating cushions have been developed.   Read More ...