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5 Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter Maintenance Tips for Disabled People

by | Aug 22, 2022 | Disability Support | 0 comments

4.4% of the 4 million Australians living with a disability use a wheelchair and 230,000 use a mobility scooter. This makes Wheelchair and mobility scooter maintenance extremely important to keep them operating smoothly and safely.

Neglecting this upkeep can lead to problems like an unbalanced chair or scooter. Even worse, neglected maintenance can also lead to serious injuries like skin infections and even electrical shock from hazardous wiring.

 Research suggests that there are around 4613 annual cases of accidents related to wheelchairs and mobility scooters with 97% fall-related injuries.

To help you avoid these unfortunate scenarios, we’ve compiled some helpful tips on how you can keep your wheelchair or mobility scooter in top condition. Whether your device is new or old, these tips will help you keep it running smooth and safe for years to come.

1. Rotate your Wheelchair and Mobility Scooter’s Tires Regularly

Rotate the tires of your mobility aids like wheelchairs and mobility scooters regularly. This helps keep them from wearing down unevenly. Make sure you rotate your tires every six months or so. This can be done by simply removing the tire and then rotating it 90 degrees so that the other side of the tire is now facing outward.

2. Check your Chair’s and Scooter’s Brakes

Checking your chair’s and scooter’s brakes is a crucial part of wheelchair and mobility scooter maintenance. Not only will this ensure that the chair or scooter is safe to ride, but it also helps to avoid an injury. Brake maintenance will vary depending on the device you own.

Some chairs come with a handbrake that you can pull to engage or disengage the brake. Others may have foot brakes that you can press down to activate. Scooters will typically have foot brakes that you can step on to slow and stop the scooter.

While checking your chair or scooter’s brakes, make sure to keep an eye out for any frayed or broken wires that might be inside the brake mechanism. If you find frayed wires, you’ll want to replace them as soon as possible to avoid getting shocked by the faulty wiring.

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3.  Make sure all Parts are Tight and Properly Adjusted

If you find that something isn’t tightened up properly, fix it immediately before it causes damage to the chair or scooter. You’ll want to check the following things so that everything is tight:

  • Wheel axles – Ensure the wheels are pushed all the way onto their axles. Any loose wheels can create a dangerous situation that could result in a fall.
  • Scooter handles  The scooter handles should be tightened and as close to the chair as possible. Loose handles can cause discomfort and even injury if they swing too freely.
  • Seat – Make sure the seat is tightened up properly so that it doesn’t slide or move out of place. Wider chairs may have adjustable footrests that should be tightened as well.

4.  Test your Wheels and Wheelchair’s Caster Mechanism

If you have a wheelchair, make sure to test your wheelchair’s caster mechanism. This will ensure that your device is safe to ride, and it can also help you catch a faulty caster before it causes any damage.

To test your wheelchair’s caster mechanism, pick a hard and flat surface to use. You can use the pavement, a sidewalk, or a wooden floor, but avoid testing your casters on surfaces like carpet or grass.

Once you’ve found a surface that’s flat and hard enough for testing, put your chair on the ground, and then push on the wheels to make them spin. You’re trying to see if the wheels break or lock up when you push on them, which is a sign that something is wrong.

5.  Change your Batteries – and Make sure they’re Fresh

Another important part of wheelchair and mobility scooter maintenance is keeping your batteries charged and in good condition. Using old, worn-out batteries can cause your device to break or even catch on fire, so you’ll want to make sure you change the batteries regularly.

Worn-out batteries can also cause your chair or scooter to run less smoothly, so replacing them every few months is a good idea. For wheelchair batteries, you’ll want to be sure to get the correct voltage and amp rating. You can find the information on the back of your device to help you select the right batteries.

Bottom line

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters help millions of people each year live their lives more freely and independently. While these devices are an excellent choice for people with a disability, they also require a certain amount of maintenance to keep them in good working condition.

If you are unable to do the wheelchair and mobility scooter maintenance by yourself, you can always ask for help. We at Providence Healthcare have support workers who can help you with any task.

Providence Healthcare is a registered NDIS provider that helps people with disabilities and chronic health conditions live independently in their own homes as well as shared homes. Our mission is to provide quality care and support to people with disabilities. Our skilled staff can help you with different tasks including mobility assistance.

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