Wheelchairs are used for a variety of reason and that doesn't mean that wheelchairs user are all disabled for a lifetime, some are temporary disabled. Although we would thought that sitting on a wheelchair is definitly the safest, but in fact it wasn't that easy to keep safe when using wheelchair. Accidents will still happen when wheelchair doesn't used correctly. So here's some tip to use wheelchair without get harmed.
How to use a wheelchair without getting harmed
Center of Gravity
When first using a wheelchair you will want to become familiar with your center of gravity. Finding your proper position is essential to your safety when using your wheelchair. In the beginning you will want to use the casters to help maintain your balance and stability. Practice conducting a variety of activities such as bending, reaching and transferring in and out of your wheelchair. All of these movements will cause a change in weight distribution of the wheelchair. It is best to practice and feel confident with all of your movements while someone is close by in case you need assistance while adjusting to the wheelchair.
At times you may need to reach for something by bending backward. You will want to position your wheelchair as close to the desired object as possible. Use the casters so they extend away from the drive wheels to create a long wheelbase. Reach back as far as your arm will extend without changing the position you are sitting in.
First, you will always want to keep in mind that you will never want to attempt to reach for an object if you have to position yourself forward on the seat of your wheelchair. This can be dangerous. Instead, you will want to position the casters and extend them away from the drive wheels, then engage the wheel locks before reaching forward towards the object.
Tipping and falling is the most common accidents wheelchair users encounter. Tipping can be caused by a variety of reasons which include making your wheelchair go to fast, unlocked brakes, slippery surfaces, the sitting stability of the user and hitting a large bump with one wheel causing the wheelchair to become unbalanced. To avoid tipping and falling, the tipping lever should be secure when needed and you should beware of your speed around tight corners and on tough terrain.
Maintenance and servicing your wheelchair
Wheelchair is also similar to a car, it needs some maintenance and servicing to elongated the longevity of wheelchair. Depending on how much you use your wheelchair you will want to at least provide maintenance once a year. If you use your wheelchair frequently you will want to make sure the battery is always charged and visit a repair shop at the first sign of any problem with your wheelchair. The repair shop technician will discuss a service schedule with you based on the amount of use and your lifestyle.