Just like your car, a wheelchair is designed to serve you for many years; therefore, it needs to be frequently inspected and serviced. Using your wheelchair for a long period of time without inspection and service leads to wear and tear, and can result in other serious problems. Some of the common problems may include:
Worn-out and Decaying Upholstery
This problem can make using your wheelchair unpleasant. The upholstery may break due to wear and tear. If the upholstery on your wheelchair is damaged or worn out, the important support cannot be applied as required. To address this issue, another extra padding and cushioning are needed to provide better support. If the upholstery is beyond repair, the best thing to do is to replace it with another cushion from Medical Supply Depot.
The seat is the most overused part of your wheelchair, and it is prone to damage and tear. This can make sitting very uncomfortable. A damaged seat can interfere with the alignment of your pelvis, hip, spine, and legs. It can also cause pain or even skin problems.
Freewheel levers on the rear side of your powered wheelchair are essential tools since they allow you to change the operation of the wheelchair from motorized to manual. This tool is especially important when the battery gets drained. The motor of the wheelchair can sometimes be unresponsive; this means that you can only operate it manually.
The issue is that the levers have moved to the unlocked position and the motors have disconnected. The levers should be reinstated to the motorized function for easier movement.
All powered wheelchairs rely on batteries to function. Batteries deteriorate with time, and their performance declines. One indication that your batteries need to be replaced is if they have started interfering with the daily functionality of your wheelchair. Additionally, a worn out battery may indicate an internal problem in your powered wheelchair, and it should be inspected.
The joystick guides the wheelchair and controls its speed. Once broken, the wheelchair can lose control, jerk sideways, backward and forward, causing neck injuries. A joystick should be functioning correctly at all times.
Get Original Replacement Parts and Accessories
All aspects of your wheelchair will at one point need to be replaced, for instance, the wheels, joystick controller, cushions, and the caster forks among other parts. When searching for replacement part and accessories, make sure to use a trusted supplier like Medical Supply Depot to help you find the appropriate parts for your specific wheelchair make and model.