Wheelchairs aren’t just useful when it comes to older adults. Wheelchairs are vital when it comes to anyone with impaired mobility. Here at Preferred Elevator, we install wheelchair lifts that add convenience to our customers’ lives. Not only do we believe in and practice safety and high-quality maintenance when it comes to wheelchair lift installation, but we also know that wheelchairs, in general, should be safe and well-maintained. Your wheelchair could be having issues that you didn’t realize existed. Keep reading to learn some wheelchair maintenance tips that any wheelchair user may find beneficial.
Maintaining the Caster Wheels
Caster wheels are the small wheels located in front of the wheelchair. Check for debris or dirt regularly because this can cause caster wheels to scrape, squeak, or rattle. Caster wheels should move with ease and have a firm standing. If you notice that your wheelchair has missing bearings or screws, make sure to call our sister company, Preferred Mobility, and have them replaced right away.
Maintaining the Frame, Axles, and Wheels
When you fold your wheelchair, it should be sturdy and hard to move. The axle responsible for the movement of the larger wheels on your wheelchair should be stable, and the wheels should move with ease. If this is not the case, then get your wheelchair checked out ASAP. If your wheelchair is older, then you want to be sure that its wheels are moving fluidly. It’s natural for wheels to experience wear and tear over time, and it doesn’t require much time for Preferred Mobility to replace them.
Maintaining the Seat and Back
Since using a wheelchair requires being seated for an extended amount of time, you want to make sure that the seat doesn’t sink and the backrest is firm and doesn’t bulge. Otherwise, this can cause tension on your hips and back. To combat this problem, you can adjust the sling seat, buy a cushion for extra comfort or you may need to replace it altogether since posture is crucial.
Rely on Your Manual
Your manual provides vital knowledge that will help with wheelchair maintenance. Not only will you find the name and model number, but you’ll also discover a list of your wheelchair’s specific parts just in case any of them need replacement. If you aren’t able to locate your manual, then let Preferred Mobility help. We can often find replacement parts and fix your wheelchair for you.
Preferred Elevator: We’re On the Up and Up!
For 11 years, Preferred Elevator has served residents in Central Maryland, Baltimore, and Washington, DC. You can rely on our experienced home installation team and quality products.
For our commercial elevator clients, we also provide annual inspections of your equipment to adhere to standards established by the state of Maryland. During these inspections, we make sure that your commercial mobility product is functioning correctly and efficiently. We’ll also go over all safety devices and customized features offered within your plan!