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Benefits of Seat Elevators on Power Wheelchairs

Power wheelchair seat elevator idaho montana oregon washingtonWhile modern technology and the advent of power wheelchairs allow wheelchair users to move more easily and quickly both inside and outside, wheelchair users often find it difficult to participate on the same level as other individuals who do not suffer from a lack of mobility due to their inability to raise and lower themselves. Individuals who must use a wheelchair for their main source of mobility are positioned at a lower height than those who are able to move standing up. This lower height can make it difficult for patients in wheelchairs to reach items on higher shelves, transfer out of their wheelchair to their bed or a toilet independently, and generally participate normally in the world with minimal help from others. Seat elevators for power wheelchairs can serve as a solution to these chronic problems which wheelchair-bound individuals face every day.

Seat elevators is an add on power function that allow patients to lift and lower the seats of their wheelchairs while they are seated in them. They operate through an electromechanical lift system and can be easily controlled at all times by the wheelchair user. These devices are designed to make mobility easier, safer, and more comfortable for wheelchair-bound individuals as well as allow them to participate independently from a seated position in a world designed for those who are able to move without the use of a wheelchair. Seat elevators have many benefits for wheelchair-bound individuals, including pain reduction, increased self confidence and social skills, and increased independence.

Reduced Pain and Ease of Transfer
Seat elevators can help reduce pain for wheelchair-bound individuals in a number of ways. They allow these individuals to transfer themselves more easily into their bed or a chair, onto a toilet, or onto the the floor or a lower surface without injuring themselves or requiring help from someone else. This ease of independent transfer can help reduce pain and strain on an individual’s knees and hips and reduce the need for extensive strength in their extremities.

Increased Self Confidence and Social Skills
Seat elevator devices allow wheelchair-bound patients to communicate on the same level as most other people. When they are interacting with someone who is standing up, an individual in a wheelchair can use their seat elevator to lift their seat in order to be at eye level with the person they are speaking to. This ability to raise themselves to the same level as their family members, friends, and colleagues can have a significantly positive impact on wheelchair-bound patients’ self confidence and social skills.

Additional Independence
In addition to being able to transfer themselves more independently, individuals with wheelchair seat elevators are able to function in the world as a whole without as much dependence on others. They are able to lift and lower their own seat in order to sit at a standard height at any table. When they go to the grocery store, they can lift their seat to reach the items they need on higher shelves without asking for help. Wheelchair users with seat elevators are able to function more independently as a whole in stores, restaurants, and even in their own home.

Of course, a consumer must be evaluated by a physical or occupational therapist but also a medical supplier with a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) to determine if a power seat elevator is a good solution for the wheelchair user’s condition and environment.    Often times, funding does not cover the cost of a seat elevator but their may be some alternative funding options available to add the seat elevator to a new power wheelchair.  American Seating and Mobility’s staff of ATPs at our branches in Fife, WA, Portland, OR, Billings, MT or Post Falls, ID can work with you and your healthcare team to determine if a seat elevator is a good solution for your unique situation.

High end power wheelchairs have many benefits for consumers

QM-7_BeautyPeople with disabilities which restrict their mobility have dramatically experienced improvements in their lives due to this innovative technology that keeps on improving day by day. The seating options of a power wheelchair are enhanced by its ability to tilt, recline and elevate the leg rests. These features have made the power wheelchair an essential part of everyday living for people who need rehabilitation such as those suffering from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or other progressive diseases.

In this article the focus will be narrowed down to the power seating functions that come with one of these chairs.

Allows for dynamic movement

Having a power wheelchair allows the individual to shift between different postures throughout the day. The postures help a great deal in keeping the patient productive and functional at all times. The periodic movements also ease pain on the person using the chair, thereby enhancing comfort.  Being able to move in a wheelchair by accessing power seating function or by not restrictive seating systems can make a huge difference in achieving more freedom in the wheelchair user’s activities of daily living.

Pain, Fatigue, and Sitting Tolerance

The ability to change one’s sitting position increases their comfort levels. Sitting for too long in one position is known to cause pain due to pressure and improperly configured wheelchairs can increase the discomfort tenfold. Functional activities and sitting stability are greatly increased by tilting the seat for 50-150 with a reclining angle of about 950-1100.

Realigning posture

Incorporating seat functions into the daily activities of people with disabilities of different kinds helps in carrying out daily tasks and in self-management. Gravity assisted positioning is enhanced by such seats since the different terrains can be balanced with the tilt of the seat. People with muscular dystrophy and children with spinal cord injury and/or cerebral palsy find this function to be invaluably useful in carrying out daily activities.

Physiologic and orthopedic implications.

Improving postural alignment has been seen to help individuals achieve better visual orientation, speech, respiration, arousal and alertness and in carrying out bowel and bladder movements with ease. It also aids in managing orthostatic hypotension. Risk of injury to the patients’ shoulders, as well as to the care givers, is reduced by a great margin thanks to the seat functions that are available in a power wheelchair.

Managing Edema

Elevating leg rests can be used in combination with tilt to raise the legs to about 30cm above the heart. Tilting the chair by 30 degrees while the leg rests are fully reclined improves lower limb hemodynamic states significantly. This can be one way of managing edema.

These, among many others, are the perks that come with having a high end power wheelchair with seat functions that help with the ergonomics. Many patients who have had power wheelchairs have reached their goals of handling daily tasks thanks to the multi seat functions that allows them to take different postures.

As you can see, there are many benefits of a high end power wheelchair.  You must always work with your healthcare professional such as a physical therapist, occupational therapist and/or physician to determine if a high end product is the solution for you or your loved one.  Part of your high end wheelchair and seating evaluation requires a supplier with a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional to be part of this important process.  American Seating and Mobility has over 10 of these professionals on staff and has successfully worked with and provided these high end wheelchair solutions for hundreds of consumers across Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Montana.  Contact a local branch in your state today to set up an evaluation.  We have extensive experience with Permobil, Sunrise Medical, Quantum Rehab and other high end wheelchair manufacturers.