If you've ever needed to know a little more about the various components of a standard wheelchair, we've boiled it down to a few key points.
Seat Width & Depth: The size of a standard wheelchair is usually referenced by Seat Width. Widths are found in 2-inch increments with 16", 18", & 20" being in the standard range. Widths smaller than 16" are generally considered to be pediatric while Bariatric sizes start at 20" and progress wider in 2-inch increments. Standard wheelchair depth is 16" but taller individuals may benefit from deeper seats.
Leg rests & Footrests: Footrests generally refer to the non-elevating style without calf pads and often with heel loops to prevent the user's foot from slipping off the footplate. Leg rests have an elevation option that requires a calf pad, a necessity for some users that cannot bend their leg or who benefit from the elevation for other reasons, such as circulation.
Height Adjustment: Many standard wheelchairs provide options for repositioning the axle which lowers the seat when combined with repositioning of the front caster wheels. This lower position is often referred to as 'Hemi-height'. It allows the user to propel the wheelchair using their feet or foot. This can be important for individuals, for example, who have had a stroke and cannot wheel the chair with both arms.
Brakes: One of the most important parts of any wheelchair, the brakes are one of the items that requires regular checks and maintenance. Over time, and as the tires wear, the brake may begin to slip as it grips the tire less and less securely when in the applied position..
If you have any questions regarding Wheelchairs or any other product you may be interested in, please contact us at : Hope Home Medical (918)-967-2800 or click the link for our website hopehms.com .
Hope Home Medical is A Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business.
Remember to always consult with your physician or health car provider