As a piece of man-made technology, a wheelchair needs to be regularly maintained by the user in order to ensure that it remains in tip top condition. After all, they cannot regulate their own repair needs which means that any damage will only continue to get worse until a full replacement is on the agenda instead. as the team here at Assurance Mobility go over some common wheelchair problems and how they can be rectified…
Worn Out Upholstery
Many wheelchairs can be fitted with cushions and padding in order to make the whole experience more comfortable for the user. With that said, these additional features often become damaged and worn over time which may affect the aesthetics of the chair, sometimes more than its functionality. Luckily, this fault can be fixed with ease by purchasing new cushions or gel pads.
A motorised wheelchair is powered using a battery which makes navigation much easier for those who do not have full mobility. With this said, it is vital that the battery is charged on a regular basis in order to ensure that users are not stranded in public because it has gone flat. In fact, batteries actually lose their charging power over time which means that they should be replaced on a regular basis too, and since battery issues are a common wheelchair fault, users should always have their chair inspected routinely.
Problematic Freewheel Lever
There is a common misconception that electric wheelchairs can only be controlled by the motorised controls, however, many actually come with a freewheel lever that allows the wheelchair to switch controls. This means that the chair can be used manually in situations where this type of control is more appropriate, such as when the battery may be running out of power. With this said, a problematic lever that won’t lock or unlock can become a safety risk over time and should be repaired by the manufacturing wheelchair company promptly.
Providing a wheelchair, whether it be self-propelled or motor-driven, with regular maintenance will ensure that it will be able to withstand the test of time. For all your wheelchairs Oldham needs, get in contact with a member of the Assurance Mobility team today!