3 of the Most Helpful Guidelines on the Use of Wheelchair Restraints

Mobility is one of the primary concerns for all people with disabilities. If you have a family member who is confined in a wheelchair, you have to make sure that the wheelchair is accessible to vehicles. In addition to accessibility, ensure that once the wheelchair is inside the vehicle, it is properly secured to prevent bouncing, rolling, and other movements during the car ride.

Wheelchair restraints are created to hold the chair in one place during transit. They also provide a cushion or an extra layer of protection in case of an accident. However, not all restraints are compatible with all wheelchairs. Consider these three guidelines before buying and using wheelchair restraints.

Check Whether the Wheelchair Can Be Secured

Not all wheelchairs can be secured inside a vehicle. Before trying to secure a wheelchair inside the wheelchair accessible vehicle, you should check with the manufacturer and see if the model can be secured.

At the same time, check whether the wheelchair model passed ISO standards. This is information that you can get from the wheelchair supplier. Never try to secure a non-qualified chair inside a WAV (Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle).

Check the Condition of the Wheelchair

The condition of the wheelchair will also determine how safe it will be when you secure it using restraints. If the wheelchair is poorly maintained, there is a chance that the restraints are not going to effectively hold it in place.

If you are not sure about the condition of the wheelchair, ask a professional to check the tie-down securement points, which are the primary restraints. If it is possible to secure the wheelchair to the floor, securing the user will be much simpler.

Assess the Condition of the Restraints

The condition of the wheelchair is important. However, the condition of the restraints is even more important. If the WAV you are using has old and worn out restraints, you should consider replacing them with new ones. 

A professional or supplier of the restraints can assess the condition of your current restraints and find out whether they are still worthy for the road. If they are not, a good supplier will advise you on the restraints to purchase.

The safety of the wheelchair passenger when in transit depends on the condition of the chair, the vehicle, and the restraints. Take time and choose superior quality restraints and compatible wheelchairs to ensure your loved one moves from one point to another comfortably.