It is essential to take care of your wheelchair, it is both
an investment, and it provides you with mobile freedom. If your wheelchair
breaks down, it can cause an inconvenience for you, but more importantly, it
can put you in danger. In order to keep your wheelchair maintained and
operating, be knowledgeable about your wheelchair. So here are some tips on how
to have a long-lasting and safe wheelchair.
Organise your equipment
Organise your equipment so you have a set of tools that you will need to have
on hand for maintenance and emergencies. Keep your Owner’s manual and do not
lose track of it at home. It is handy for when an emergency arises because it contains
valuable information. Tips, keep it in the pocket at the back of the
wheelchair, so you can consult it whenever an issue comes up. Lastly, always
keep your equipment and wheelchair dry and clean to avoid damages and
corrosion. Tips, at Patient Handling we have accesories to keep your wheelchair dry an clean, such as our Karma Wheelchair Travel bag, to check out more of our products and our manual wheelchairs click here.
Your regular monitoring can ensure that your wheelchair is operating
safely. Check your wheels to make sure
they function, such as tire pressure, or if they are solidly tired, make sure
they have good tread. Wheels can be worn out, so make sure you look out for
cracks in the spokes that may eventually cause the wheels to collapse. Check
your wheel lock to make sure it engages and releases properly. As well as the
frame for any cracks and breaks in the metal, and all nuts and bolts to verify
that they are tightened.
If your wheelchair is a power wheelchair, it will need regular charging. The
batteries charge time can reduce if left unused for longer periods of time, so
consider regularly charging to avoid that. Another tip is, try not to let the
batteries die entirely before recharging them and keep your batteries at room
the cost of repairs and maintenance
It is good to understand the cost of repairs and maintenance and what is
covered by your health plan. To avoid unexpected expenses and misunderstandings.
It is best to understand the services that are paid for by your health plan and
which you will be expected to pay for yourself. As a general rule, Medicare
and/or Medicaid will not pay for routine cleaning, testing, or regular check-ups
of your equipment. However, your medical equipment dealer will know what
charges can be billed to Medicare and Medicaid and what services charges will
be your responsibility.
It is recommended that your service your wheelchair every 6-12 months depending
on how frequently you use it. To get a professional service will help maintain
the life of your wheelchair. Tips, if you are planning a trip, it is worth
getting your wheelchair serviced before taking your wheelchair on holidays or a
Patient Handling offers service and repairs for power wheelchairs, doing annual
services, repairs to custom seating setup and battery testing and replacement.
Patient handling also offers services and repairs on Patient Lifter and Ceiling
Hoist and Hospital Beds. Read more about our service and repairs here.
The Patient Handling Team