The wheelchair can be viewed as an extension of the user, particularly where the user is reliant on the chair for everyday use. It is therefore an enabler for participation in daily routines, an enhancer to manage social interactions with peers and the larger community and a facilitator to expand the world of a user to explore lifestyle opportunities and experiences.
A common question when prescribing a wheelchair base and seating system is – do I require tilt? Or recline? Or both - tilt and recline? - to be fitted to my chair? There are many factors that need to be considered when choosing a mobility system and seating system. Choosing between systems that tilt or recline may be complex and confusing so here are few guidelines that may help. However, personal consultation with an experienced therapist will ensure the correct evaluation and suitability of tilt or recline seating systems.
Exercise is something of a buzzword in today’s modern society, and with good reason. The benefits of exercise can be experienced by everyone, even those with a disability.
With the vast array of cushions available today, deciding on a suitable cushion for use on the wheelchair can be confusing and time consuming.
This article has been edited and published with permission from Careflex. Original author is CareFlex Clinical Specialist, Rebecca Dunstall BSc Physiotherapy (Hons). CareFlex has been manufacturing specialist seating since 1995. They strive to balance posture and pressure management with the individual’s own goals, whilst promoting comfort, independence and a meaningful life.