How to Get Someone in Wheelchair From Sitting: Have you ever wanted to see what it would be like if a person in a wheelchair could use the bathroom like an individual who does not use a wheelchair? If so, you are certainly not alone. There are many individuals who experience mobility issues and are limited in their ability to move around, do simple things, or climb stairs. Some individuals find that their injuries limit them from doing certain things, and they have to rely on others to take them where they need to go. Some are unable to even get up and into the shower!
Seeing someone in a wheelchair using the bathroom can often bring back memories for those who have had trouble moving around due to their injury or illness. For these people, seeing someone else take a bathroom break can often make all the difference in their lives. Imagine being able to push yourself over the side of a long hotel staircase, and having the person in the wheelchair assist you as you make your way up the steps. Or, what about being able to push yourself into your shower, or into your tub, and being assisted as you fill it with water, or as you empty it.
One person in a wheelchair had this comment: “I think that the person in a wheelchair who is pushing themselves over the edge of the stairs is probably a lot more confident than someone who has to depend on others.” Another person in wheelchair wrote: “It was scary when I first moved into my apartment. It is much more comfortable to be able to push myself into the shower or tub.” And, “Having someone push me gives me a little more pride and self-esteem.”
This person the person in wheelchair bound is able to push himself over a lowish flight of stairs, up to the top level of the building, without any assistance. He pushes himself onto his own chair, he has confidence in his body mechanics. And, he feels better about himself because he is self-reliant and independent. Now, if someone in a wheelchair needs help transferring from his chair to another person in the hall or to a chair in the elevator, or if someone needs help to sit in the car while someone else rides the bus or uses the train, there are many other means of transferring than by pushing oneself. However, the person in wheelchair still must have confidence in his body mechanics.
If you are in a wheelchair and have push-hand controls (pistons), then you can simply use the two handles on the bottom of your chair, to push yourself up or down, and transfer you from one place to another. If your cane has anti-tip bars, you can just swing it around, like a club, to push yourself along. It is safer than pushing oneself up on the chair’s two-handled lever, without anti-tip bars. Also, if you have a portable restroom, you can use the “Stany bar” at the bottom of the seat of the wheelchair, to move from the wheelchair into the restroom.
However, when a person in a wheelchair has to move from a seated position to standing, there is no handy device to assist her in doing so, other than those two simple push handles on the bottom of the chair. These handles are, after all, only two pieces of metal attached to a frame of the chair, and it would be very difficult if at all possible, to get them to move independently. In addition, to an observer viewing your disability, these handles may seem to be moving on their own, even though they are connected to a frame of the chair. The person in a wheelchair cannot hear the person in the wheelchair or the person in the chair, so, in such cases, having some music playing, or having the person in the wheelchair listen to some CD can be a good way to distract him or her.
Another method of getting people in a wheelchair to move is to have them move by helping them to stand on two people’s shoulders, one person in a wheelchair holding onto the other person’s arm, in order for the person in a wheelchair to climb onto the two persons’ shoulders. However, this is something that person in a wheelchair cannot do. So, instead of using two people for this action, you could use a monomer, which is a device with two handles. When two people in a wheelchair are placed on the monomer together, both of the people in a wheelchair can move his or her hands to push the handle and the person in the seat can pull the handle. This allows the person in wheelchair to climb onto the two persons’ shoulders, and then he or she can stand on top of them.
A person in a wheelchair must maintain constant forward pressure on the lever so that the person in a wheelchair does not fall off the handles. This should be done without losing momentum. This should be achieved without disturbing the person in the wheelchair. Otherwise, if the person in a wheelchair loses forward momentum, he or she could hit the back person. And, if the back person hits the person in a wheelchair, it would bring about a serious injury.[single_loop]