Making Decisions About Home Care

Care For Your Wheelchair And It Will Care For You

by Mae Ferguson

Given how much you depend on your wheelchair everyday, it is essential that you take good care of it so that it can take good care of you. Your caregivers and family members should do everything they can to help out, but only you can make sure that your wheelchair is properly cared for.

Know Your Wheelchair

Make sure to read the owner's manual for your wheelchair. While there are some general rules for caring for your wheelchair, your owner's manual will provide you with specific instructions on how to make sure that it remains in good shape. 

Bring A Repair Kit With You

Ideally, you should bring a small kit with you that can be used to make repairs in the case of an emergency. For example, it is helpful to have a screwdriver and wrench set that you can use to tighten any components that have become loose. 

Take Care Of Your Wheels

A bicycle pump may be necessary to refill your tires when they become flat. The tires should feel hard when pressed.  If the tires are not filled with air, you should instead inspect the tire to make sure it has no cracks. 

Keep The Wheelchair Sanitized

You should keep your wheelchair clean not only because this is more sanitary, but also because keeping your wheelchair clean will prolong its life. The wheelchair can be kept clean with a damp cloth. 

Check The Spokes

Strum each spoke with your finger. It should produce a twang sound. If not, this is an indication that the spoke must be tightened. Make sure to not tighten the spoke too much because this can cause the wheel to get out of alignment. 

Look For Signs Of Wear

Certain parts of the wheelchair are likely to wear out and will need to be replaced. This includes the chair cushion and the arms of the wheelchair. These parts you likely cannot repair yourself and will instead need to take to a wheelchair shop, like Wishing Well Medical Supply.

Use The Wheelchair Properly

Make sure to learn how to use the wheelchair properly. If you do not use the wheelchair correctly, you will not only potentially damage it, but  you will place yourself in danger while operating it. The good news is that modern wheel chairs are designed in a manner that minimizes the risk of damage and the need for repairs, so you will likely not need to repair your wheelchair.