Safety Tips in Riding a Wheelchair

Old man sitting on a wheelchair facing the wallA wheelchair is one of the most important modes of transportation a patient can use. It is supposed to help one get from one place to another despite their disability. But, accidents due to wheelchair mishandling happen. Such mishandling is often committed by both the patient and the caretaker.

So, aside from bringing your wheelchair for regular inspection and repair service there are other things you need to keep in mind to make sure that the ride will be safe and smooth.

Wheelchair safety tips:

  1. Know your center of gravity

This is the first and most important thing you should learn when riding your wheelchair. Finding a comfortable position where your weight is equally distributed is essential in ensuring that you will have a smooth ride. Practice this by moving side by side, bending back and forth and getting in and out of your wheelchair (if possible).

  1. Bending forward and back

Reaching onto something while sitting at the edge of a chair is dangerous enough. Imagine doing it in a wheelchair. The wheels can push you forward if you lose your balance. Therefore, it is essential to know your limits.

  1. Know your brakes

Aside from knowing the extent of how you can bend forward and back, it is important to always do so with your brakes on. Knowing where your brakes are and how to use it will certainly keep you safe from accidents.

  1. Survey your terrain

The role of the wheelchair is to get you from one place to another. But, if the terrain is too steep or rocky, then you wheelchair might do you more harm than good. Always examine your terrain and evaluate whether you and your wheelchair can handle it or not.

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  1. Know when you need help

Wheelchairs are designed to give patients a level of independence. But in some situations, someone can help you get around and do activities safely. Know when you need help and do not be afraid to ask for it.

Keep these things in mind and be able to move around freely and safely with your wheelchair.