Phone: 07482 151537
Depending on individual skill and ability, I can teach Essential Skills to increase your confidence and independence in using your wheelchair.
1) Correct pushing technique forwards, to enable you to get the most out of the propulsion of the chair, enabling you to push further for longer, and reducing wear and tear on upper body joints and muscles.
3) Stop safely in both directions and feel confident not to crash in to things.
4) Turn the chair in a controlled manner. Understand space awareness and avoid taking corners too sharp resulting in scrapes to hands and elbows and the bottom of door frames or table legs being worn.
5) One-handed pushing techniques. It’s a good idea not to put things on your lap, especially hot things, for safety reasons. With one handed pushing you can move from room to room with a cup of tea or your dinner plate.
6) Open doors and negotiate thresholds independently, helping you become less reliant on others and increasing confidence.
7) Flick front casters off the floor. This will assist you in getting over slight obstructions and uneven surfaces, making a smoother ride in the chair.
All skills listed are to enable the wheelchair user to be more independent. There will be some skills that won’t be appropriate for all depending on an individual’s personal ability. There is always some risk involved in using a wheelchair and practicing these skills. All safety aspects associated with each skill are thoroughly highlighted during teaching.
2) Correct pushing technique backwards. Understand safety points when reversing, and to enable you to get the most out of the propulsion of the chair and reducing wear and tear on upper body joints and muscles.