Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters are a blessing. Their main aim is to empower and enable people to be independent despite being limited by their disabilities and movement-related struggles. These equipment have become an intrinsic part of many lives and so it is important to know how to care for them.
Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters, like any other vehicle, face wear and tear over time. It is common to forget about their maintenance since these are not like our conventional vehicles. But if not cared for, these equipment would not be able to serve you with their full potential and you will end up facing troubles.
So if you are a proud owner of a Wheelchair or Mobility Scooter, or are someone who cares for people using them, below are some amazing tips by Scootaround to help you manage these equipment and maintain them for long-lasting usage:
Like any vehicle, Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters consist of parts that can be exposed to corrosion if not kept clean. Hence, it is important to regularly run a hygiene drive for your wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Try to keep them secure inside a weather protective cover to avoid exposure to dust, dirt and moisture under all weather. Also, make sure these equipment are well dry after wash or rain to avoid rust.
In the case of a Mobility Scooter and an Electric Wheelchair, you are likely to have a battery in your device. These are mostly lead sealed acid or gel-based batteries and are required to be charged from time to time to keep functioning. Batteries are important to any equipment’s useful life and determine their longevity. Avoid charging the batteries unnecessarily for prolonged hours (over full charge). Such events can reduce battery life. Also, do not keep running the vehicle when the battery reaches a minimum danger level. Do keep a check on battery levels at all times to avoid getting into trouble because your battery died enroute.
Tyres of the wheelchairs and mobility scooters are by far the most exposed parts prone to easy wear and tear. Tyres face a lot of friction from rolling continuously on the ground. It is therefore important to keep a check on their well-being. Tyres in wheelchairs and mobility scooters are of four types: solid, pneumatic or air pumped, filled and deep-tread tyres. Air-filled tyres may get punctures quite often. A check on their air capacity is a must. Solid tyres may wear with jolts and jerks from stones. Their frame needs to be regularly checked. Similarly, tread checks are important for the smooth functioning of deep-tread tyres. Tyre health is important for the entire equipment performance and must be a part of your vehicle maintenance to-do list.
Brakes, like tyres, are another significant part of your Wheelchair or Mobility Scooter. Brakes come in many of these equipment to help control the vehicle from free fall. They also face wear and tear with friction and pressure. Eventually, this may make them lose and non-be functional. Brakes are important for your safety. They will protect you from any sudden events and accidents, especially on road. Hence, you must keep a check on their performance. In case you notice any discrepancy in their performance, contact the technical support for help and get them fixed as soon as possible.
Seat Wear and Tear:
Seats in wheelchairs are mostly made of the fabric allowing them to fold. Fabric can, however, become ragged after prolonged usage and may develop stretches. This requires for change of seat to avoid an accidental fall. Mobility Scooters have detachable seats made of cushions and covered in fabric or leather. It is recommended to ensure the seat is attached firmly to the scooter before riding to avoid any harm and damage. In case you identify any loose connect or wiggle in the seat, ensure to get the scooter checked before usage.
Refer Manual Thoroughly:
User manuals are usually considered a waste of time and hence in most cases, users end up ignoring them. But this piece of booklet carries a lot of significant information about the equipment and must be given at least one read. You will be surprised by the amount of knowledge you gain from manuals and you will end up learning about some amazing features of the equipment that would have gone unnoticed without the manual. The user manual usually describes step by step procedures for maintenance of the equipment. Following that can save you a lot of time and energy in figuring out what’s wrong with your Wheelchair or Mobility Scooter and guide you in the best way possible for getting a solution.
Like any other vehicle, Wheelchairs and Mobility Scooters also need servicing regularly. The supplier usually grants free servicing for some time after the purchase of the equipment. It is recommended to get a full-service check by the manufacturer or supplier every 3-6 months according to your usage of the equipment. A professional servicing of the equipment will include battery check, charging or replacing them; checking the brakes for grip and wear and tear; checking tyres for dents and cuts and replacing the same if required; ensuring all moving parts like screws, bolts, fixtures, fuses, bearings, etc are secured and in the right place; and repairing any other concerns that you raise.
These tips can come in quite handy in helping you maintain your wheelchairs and/or mobility scooters. These equipment are precious and involve risk of life. Hence, it is important to keep them in regular check and avoid any mishappening. Apart from the above things you may also want to get your vehicle ensured if it is customized and costs you a lot and involves regular rough usage. This will help you save on unnecessary damages or sudden accidental ruin. Proper maintenance of the wheelchair or mobility scooter will definitely allow you to use it safely for a long period.