The Clinical Corner article, Manual Mobility: The Basics, describes the different categories of manual wheelchairs, known generically as transport, standard, custom folding, custom rigid and tilt-in-space. It was noted that the more rigid the wheelchair, the easier it is to propel the chair as rigidity decreases flex in the frame of the chair. The ideal is that all of the energy of propulsion is translated into movement as any frame flex is lost movement. The more rigid the wheelchair, the more efficient the propulsion can be.
Posted on 2017-04-25
Hello all! When I lead in-person education sessions on wheelchair cushions, one of the questions that I am frequently asked is, “How do you get staff to put the cushions on the correct way?” When the cushion is removed from the wheelchair to clean the cover and/or the cushion base, mistakes some...
Posted on 2016-01-25
Let’s finish the trilogy on assessments by looking at the overall process of wheelchair provision, of which assessment is only one step, by taking a broader look at all the steps that go into providing an appropriate wheelchair for an individual.
Posted on 2015-12-16
Have you ever sat in a chair and tried balancing yourself by tilting backwards onto the back two legs of the chair? Some of you may have experienced going past the tipping point and having the chair fall behind you, or if you were lucky enough, you quickly recovered by moving your weight forward to prevent falling backwards. (I am not recommending anyone try this while sitting in a chair - it can be dangerous and you can fall backwards and get hurt! I just realize that it is something I have done in my youth and I have seen my own children do it too – and, of course, I cautioned them against it.)
Posted on 2015-08-28
Let’s continue our discussion on seating and mobility considerations for individuals who are bariatric. (If you missed the first two articles in this mini-series, you can click here for Part 1 on Body Shape and click here for Part 2 on Assessment and Seating.) This month, we will look at the mobility base.
Posted on 2015-05-27
This month, let’s think about safety, wheelchairs, and transit. Individuals who remain seated in wheelchairs while travelling in vehicles are “45 times more likely to be injured in a crash than the typical passenger.”
Posted on 2014-11-25
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