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Wheelchair Skills


Wheelchair Skills :

USE:

  1. Because most SCI patients rely on wheelchairs for mobility, they should be provided with one that fits and adjusts appropriately as soon as they begin out-of-bed activities.
  2. To improve the individual's ability to safely and effectively use a wheelchair
  3. The purpose of these activities is to overcome barriers in the environment and to thereby permit the wheelchair user to fulfill his/her desired role in society
  4. Other potential benefits of wheelchair-skills training for wheelchair users and caregivers include fewer acute and overuse injuries, improved sense of wellbeing (through self-esteem, self-efficacy, confidence and personal control), improved development (of children) and having fun
  5. Improve quality of life.

WHAT ARE WHEELCHAIR SKILLS?

BASIC SKILLS:

  1.  Pressure relief
  2.  Rolling: Backwards, forwards, rolling on soft surfaces
  3.  Stopping
  4.  Turning: Turn in place, turn sideways, turn while moving
  5.  Transfers: Level transfer

INTERMEDIATE SKILLS:

  1.  Fold and unfold wheelchairs
  2.  Going through doorways and obstacles
  3.  Ramps: Ascend and descend ramps, rolling across side slopes
  4.  Curbs: Ascend and descend curbs

ADVANCED WHEELCHAIR SKILLS:

  1.  Transfers: Wheelchair to ground
  2.  Picking up objects from floor while sitting on wheelchair
  3.  Stairs: Ascend and descend stairs
  4.  Wheelies
  5.  Wheelie dependent skills.


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