Powerchair maintenance – a three point check

February 23, 2018 10:04 am
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Karma Mobility works with some great stockists up and down the country so we can supply our powerchairs as widely as possible. Many of them can discuss regular maintenance with you and may even offer a service to help you ensure your powerchair stays in top condition.

However, just like with a car, there are interim checks that can be performed on powerchairs to ensure that they are safe, and to give you an indicator of when you might need more professional assistance with repair. Your powerchair may even come with a recommended maintenance schedule for you to follow including guidelines on how long the interval between one service and the next should be.

Here is our quick guide to maintenance checks for powerchairs. This isn’t an exhaustive list and you should consult the guidelines for your particular model. Feel free to contact Karma Mobility if you need any assistance or help finding replacement parts or accessories.

Tyres

Your tyres are perhaps one of the most important components of your powerchair. They certainly get some of the hardest wear. Check them regularly for signs of wear including bare patches or a serious reduction in the tread. Inflatable tyres may need a bit more air from time to time.

Battery

Ensure your battery is topped up at all times so you don’t get stranded anywhere. Many users find it best to charge their batteries every night as a matter of habit. Refer to the manufacturer’s instructions for guidelines on how to get the most out of your battery. Make sure you know roughly what your battery life is.

Nuts and bolts

Powered wheelchairs have various nuts and bolts at different locations. These are nice and secure , o begin with but, over time, the general motion of the chair may cause some of them to loosen. Get into the habit of checking that everything is still nice and tight every month.

Accessories

Add-ons like bags, rests and cup holders are what turn your powerchair from a simple mobility aid into something that really supports your life and makes things easier for you. Ensuring that they are all intact and fit for purpose means you continue to experience these benefits.

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This post was written by Mark Duffield

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