Many people who find themselves in need of a wheelchair only need it temporarily. If this is your situation, you may consider hiring a wheelchair for the short term.
This is an economical way to regain your mobility for as long as you need it. You can hire wheelchairs from Homecare Equipment Services at weekly rates and with minimal fuss.
Self-propelled wheelchairs are the best choice for the temporary wheelchair user who has sufficient upper body strength to operate one.
How To Use A Wheelchair
Naturally if you’re going to use a wheelchair you should operate it within safe limits, so don’t go trying to break the land speed record in a wheelchair.
The rear wheels of a wheelchair are known as “drive wheels”. They are the means of locomotion. All self-propelled wheelchairs can also be pushed or pulled by an attendant or other person if they have not had the handles removed.
Manual self propelled wheelchairs are operated by using your hands to push the outer rim of the drive wheels in the direction of intended travel. Turning is achieved by using differential traction. To apply differential traction, turn one of the drive wheels faster than the other one turns. The sharpness of a turn is determined by the difference in momentum between the two wheels.
If the chair is stationary, you can execute a very sharp turn or pivot by holding one drive wheel motionless while applying strong forward force to the opposite drive wheel. With experience, you will also learn to perform various “wheelchair tricks” that make getting around easier. Hopefully you won’t need a wheelchair for long enough to learn them all.
The only way to brake while the chair is in motion is to rely on friction and gravity to do their thing. You can improve the odds of friction winning by applying friction to the drive rim of the drive wheels using the palms of your hands.
Types Of Wheelchairs
Wheelchairs are designed for different needs. The lightest and simplest are ‘transit’ or ‘shopper’ wheelchairs which are designed to be pushed by an attendant. These are best option for people who are not able to push themselves.
The more commonly requested wheelchair type is the self propelled wheelchair, which allows the user to have some autonomy over their own movement, as long as they have sufficient upper body strength and coordination to operate the device.
If your injury or short term challenge is not severe, other choices may be more practical and sensible. Devices such as quad sticks, knee walkers, rollator frames, ordinary walking sticks, walking frames and crutches may all serve your needs better.
Hire of Wheelchair
Contact the mobility assistance experts at Homecare Equipment Services for all the advice you may need about mobility aids to help you overcome temporary or permanent disabilities. We have ‘best of breed’ range of homecare equipment and mobility aids for hire including shower chairs & hospital beds, plus knowledgeable and friendly staff who will be very happy to assist you.