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Wheelchair adaptations for stroke patients
For individuals who have had a stroke and have not regained enough muscle control
to walk safely, a wheelchair is the means to independent mobility.
However, wheelchairs were designed to be propelled with two arms, and most stroke patients have full use of only one.
Some patients can be taught to propel a wheelchair using one arm and one leg, but this only works for patients tall enough to reach
the ground with their feet while seated. This
can be a major inconvenience. Here are three
approaches to solve this important problem.
1. Use an AliMed® Stroke Cushion
The Stroke Cushion fills the sling-seat area and protects ischial tuberosities with
shear-reducing gel. Stroke cushion nestles
into the concave seat without raising the seat height. For added comfort, choose
the Stroke Cushion with a T-Foam™ layer.
2. Install a “drop seat”
Not all wheelchairs are adjustable to hemi
height. Drop seats replace wheelchair
sling seats to lower the seating surface by
approximately 2". Drop seats install on
the chair frame and require the use of a
wheelchair cushion for protection. When
you install a drop seat, you won’t be able
to fold the chair unless it is removed.
3. Buy a hemi-height wheelchair
A hemi-height wheelchair has a seat that
is 2" lower than a standard wheelchair.
Average cost is $400 to $700. You’ll find hemi-chairs from all of the wheelchair
manufacturers we represent.