If you are buying your first lightweight wheelchair, you will need to learn how to use it. Familiarising yourself with how your chair works with all its different nooks and crannies will help you to make full use of it.
Come and have a chat to us, Karma Mobility, if you want advice on how to master your new ride, as well as how to recognise when your chair needs servicing.
Knowledge is power with lightweight wheelchairs
It might take time getting used to your chair in the beginning, but knowing the components of your chair, as well as recognising its limitations will help to iron out the kinks quickly.
The parts that make up your chair
While there are professionals who will help to service your chair when needed, self-care goes a long way and will save you from having to purchase spare parts due to your negligence.
- The frame
The frame forms the central part of the chair and is where all the nuts, bolts and added accessories are attached to.
Learn which parts go where, and how to disassemble and reassemble your chair without requiring assistance.
Keep your chair in mint condition, without spending hours cleaning it, using a mild detergent – anything stronger might.
- The wheels and brakes
Looking after your chair’s wheels is similar to taking proper care of a car or a bike. There are warning signs that are indicative of tyres that need changing: like smooth patches or tyre treads that are not deep enough. Ignoring these signs could result in accidents that could put you in harm’s way.
At the same time, you should also be frequently checking your brakes. Fully functioning breaks will prevent you from tipping over in your chair and hurting yourself.
When it comes to getting around, choosing the right wheels is crucial. If you intend to self propel, larger rear wheels are a must. But if you are being assisted by a carer or loved one, four small wheels are more suitable.
The seat of your wheelchair is susceptible to wear and tear because you continuously shift around in it during the day. Check for hole, rips and signs of deflation after you use it. The seat is made from durable canvas made with your comfort in mind, and if it is broken, you will suffer.
On the same length, some chairs might need extra padding. Consider purchasing extra pillows if you feel that your seat does not provide the cushioning you need. We recommend that you invest in memory foam cushions – they give the best value for your money.
Maximise your comfort and add personal style to your lightweight wheelchair
Being in your lightweight wheelchair for several hours every day can be tough on your body.
There are so many add-ons you can use to make your ride more comfortable. Prevent your body from working in overdrive with elevated leg rests, armrest and footrests, and protect your hands from blisters with a wide range of weatherproof gloves.
A chair is your personal space, so why not add flash and personality with fun and colourful accessories?
Knowing how your chair works will help you to adjust better to this new way of life. At the same time, knowing what danger signs to look out for will save you from minor inconveniences and threats along the way.