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How to Recommend the Best Wheelchair or Walker

How to Recommend the Best Wheelchair or Walker

Choosing the right walking aids or manual or electric wheelchair for your client should always start with discussing the client’s needs with a Physical, Occupational Therapist or doctor. From a rehabilitation point of view, we want to maximize the mobile function of a client. This means, for example, if the client can stand-up, we don’t want them to remain seated all day. However, some clients in Thailand don’t have access to these kinds of resources so it is our job to try and determine the user’s abilities and needs. Go through the following steps to find your best mobility device. 1. Who Benefits from a Walking Stick? The walking stick is good for giving the user better balance so that they can transfer weight from one leg to another without the fear of losing their balance. For example, elderly with weak knee or patients recovering from surgery.  By using a ... Read more >
How to Transfer the Elderly into a Manual Wheelchair

How to Transfer the Elderly into a Manual Wheelchair

The core strength of the wheelchair user will determine the method in which they are transferred to a wheelchair. The methods described are suitable for those with elderly caregivers as they adhere to a “no-lift policy” which means there is strictly no lifting the wheelchair user for wheelchair transfers. To help categorise the elderly you are working with, you can check out our blog on “Choosing a Folding Wheelchair for a Stroke Patient” which describes each level of physical ability. How to move elderly who can’t walk from a bed to wheelchair Using a shift belt to help transfer the elderly into a wheelchair means they can save their strength from not having to walk. Source: Karma Medical Taiwan; Karma Academy 1. Make sure that the brakes are activated and the footrests are flipped up and swung away. 2, Angle the wheelchair at 45° from the bed on the strongest side (left or right) ... Read more >
Choosing a Folding Wheelchair for a Stroke Patient

Choosing a Folding Wheelchair for a Stroke Patient

When someone has suffered from a stroke, friends and family want to know how they can help. The best time to look for aids is when the patient’s condition has finally stabilised and improved. At this time, choosing the right wheelchair for a stroke patient will impact the effectiveness of rehabilitation. However, no “one” wheelchair is suitable for all stroke patients! Everyone has different symptoms, residual function, and lifestyles after having a stroke. The different types of strokes and levels of mobility. Source: About Wheelchair Blog The patient is able to walk, but not far For stroke patients at this level, movements such as sitting, standing, and walking are not greatly affected, but the speed and balance coordination are slightly worse. In this case, a lightweight aluminum wheelchair is recommended. The patient can also use a large-wheeled (self-propelled) wheelchair to promote physical activity if they have the upper body strength. However, if a patient cannot propel themselves, a ... Read more >
How to Choose a Power Wheelchair

How to Choose a Power Wheelchair

When choosing a power wheelchair (electric wheelchair), the three key factors to consider can be broken down into; Driving range  Adjustability of chair Position change function  Determining how far the user needs to travel, how adjustable the user needs the wheelchair to be, and what kind of positioning changing functions the user needs are all important things to consider to choose the right power wheelchair. This series of blogs will break down each component of the power wheelchair to achieve a better understanding of which option to choose. Step 1. Select Driving Range The reason we want to ask “How far does the user need to travel during day-to-day activities?” is directly related to the size of the wheelchair chassis (wheelchair base). If a user needs to travel up to 25 KM per charge, an outdoor/indoor power wheelchair is the one. Outdoor/indoor wheelchairs have; larger wheels (up to 14 inches) to climb over obstacles of up ... Read more >
Tilting and Reclining Wheelchair

The Benefits of a Reclining and Tilting Wheelchair

Most people in Thailand won’t encounter the problem of bedsores or pressure sores. However, wheelchair users, people who are bedridden, or those with physical disabilities, because they spend long periods of time in the same position, experience extreme pressure on the same body parts. This constant pressure can cause the skin to become red, inflamed, and deprives the skin cells of oxygen. Opt for a positioning wheelchair that is specially designed to prevent skin damage to the user. Using the recline or Tilt-in-Space functions changes the user’s posture and center of gravity to relieve the constant pressure felt on certain parts of the body. 1. Reclining Wheelchair The reclining wheelchair will transform the user from a sitting position to a close to lying down position. The change of position reduces pressure on the buttocks and allows the user to take a break from sitting in the same position. Unfortunately, “sliding” is a common problem with ... Read more >
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