Structure and function of a recliner wheelchair

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Submitted: May 06, 2015

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Recliner wheelchairs consist of a back that reclines away from the seat, allowing the patient´s head and trunk to be lowered while opening up the seat-to-back (hip) angle.  A lightweight high-back wheelchair may be more supportive than a standard wheelchair for those who have neck and shoulder weakness. It also offers the advantage of easy portability and support for the head, neck, and shoulders. A standard recliner wheelchair is bulky and difficult to transport in a car, but it sometimes is useful for people with neck and trunk weakness who remain at home.

Uses of a powered recliner

Powered recliner Wheelchairs with contoured, pressure relief seating and electronic controllers that can be programmed for changes in hand strength and for adequate neck, trunk, pelvic, and upper and lower extremity support must be measures carefully. This equipment is prescribed by your doctor. Insurance carries determine which features they will cover. Power recliner wheelchairs are costly but may serve many functions that give you and your caregiver the most independence and highest quality of life.

Safety tips while using a power chair

Many Rascal Power Chair have removable leg rests. Remove the leg rests or fold the footrest up during transfers. The footrest is easily tightened. If you remove the leg rests, make sure to replace them when you finish. Note that if the parts become separated from the chair, matching them up may be difficult. Most Rascal power chairs have swing away or pivoting legs. A lever on the side releases the leg. These leg rests can be folded to the sides during transfers. When using power chairs with fixed legs, raise the footrests during transfers. Some residents with edema or fractures need chairs with elevated legs. This type of leg rest may also be used for residents with fractures or those who cannot flex the knees. A lock on the side holds the leg rest in place. For safety, support the leg with one hand while operating the lock with the other.

Doctor’s prescription

Recliner wheelchairs should be used only for residents who cannot sit upright. The chair back supports the head and neck. Adjust the back for comfort and maximum functional ability. When adjusting the back, support the resident. Suddenly releasing the lock will cause him or her to fall back quickly, tightening the resident and causing pain and potential injury. Avoid placing residents in reclining chairs unless such a chair is medically necessary. At first, glance, using a recliner looks like a good way to position the resident comfortably in a chair without using restraints. However, placing a resident in a reclining chair unnecessarily can cause serious physical and mental declines. if a recliner must be used, avoid reclining the back further than necessary. This often causes loss of orientation.

These days, it is possible to buy lightweight recline systems. This makes it possible to transport the chair from one place to another. However, before you buy a recliner wheelchair, consult your doctor to know the nature of wheelchair you will need. Not all patients require the same type of product.

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