It is important that you continually inspect and keep your manual folding wheelchair in good working order through general maintenance. Following the service tips below will ensure that your wheelchair will have a long service life.
The choice between a standard or quad cane involves how much stability the user requires. Users who need more stability than a standard cane can provide should be fitted with a quad cane. A large base quad cane offers even more support.One feature you should look for in any walking cane is an offset handle. This type of handle is angled so that the hand grip falls directly over the cane tip or base. An offset handle offers better ergonomics and stability, since the full weight is centered over the shaft and base.
Both standard and quad canes have their distinct advantages. Standard canes are smaller, lighter in weight, and easier to lift. They can easily be used on stairs and narrow spaces. Quad canes are slightly heavier, but they can stand up on their own, which allows the user to easily let go of the cane as needed to free both hands. Because of their larger base, however, not all quad canes may be used safely on stairs.
Let’s take a look at some of the armrest options available on the most popular wheelchair models on the market today.
Armrests can be divided into two categories: desk length and full length. Desk length arms allow easier access to tables and desks. They allow the wheelchair to roll closer to the desk, table, or countertop, reducing the strain needed to comfortably reach objects on the table. Desk length armrests also mean that the desk can be set at a lower, more ergonomic height for the user.
Full length arms provide extra arm support. They allow the user to lean on the armrests while sitting, standing, or transferring.
Both desk length and full length armrests are available with optional features such as flip-back or removable arms. Flip-back and removable arms are useful for transfers and for getting closer to tables and desks. Flip-back arms swing up and out of the way for easy transfers, and removable arms can be removed from the wheelchair completely, as needed. Some wheelchair users find armrests unnecessary and cumbersome, limiting their mobility and function.
Other armrest options include adjustable height and space saver arms, which reduce the width of the wheelchair. If you need to armrest set at a specific height, or if you need to be able to roll the wheelchair through tight spaces, look for these features.
What can a rollator or walker do for you or your loved one? These mobility aids give you back your independence, reduce the risk of losing your balance or falling, and increase your confidence in walking, standing, and performing daily tasks that require mobility.
Walkers come in several different styles, including the wheeled rollator and the folding walker.Folding walkers are the most economical choice. They include a simple aluminum frame with four legs. The walker may include wheels on the back legs, glide caps, or no wheels. The biggest advantages of the folding walker are its budget-friendly price and its compact size. It easily folds down for storage and transport, and its light weight means that it’s easy to lift and move. Rollators are a step up from folding walkers. Some rollators have three wheels, while others have four. Four wheeled rollators offer greater stability, but three wheeled rollators are easier to maneuver.
With rollators, there is no lifting involved, and the user is able to move at a faster pace or slow down by squeezing the hand brakes. The loop lock brakes on the handles allow the user to lock the wheels in place and rest on the built-in seat (available on most four wheeled rollators). This feature is a huge advantage for individuals who need to rest often. They can easily take a break at any time without needing to find a chair.
Another advantage of rollators is that the wheels swivel, making them easier to turn. The oversized wheels available on some rollators make it easier to walk and roll on any surface, either indoors or outdoors.
If you are deciding between a folding walker and a wheeled rollator, you may want to consult a physical therapist or healthcare professional for assistance in determining your needs. They can help you find just the right mobility aid for your situation.
The wheelchair is now ready for storage or transport. You can easily push the wheelchair while it is in the folded position.
Be aware of your posture as you fold or unfold the wheelchair, making sure not to strain your back. Also use proper posture when lifting or removing the wheelchair from a vehicle or trunk.