In a standard build design the wheelchair user was unable to maintain an upright position in sitting and often would ‘fall’ forwards. Due to touch sensation issues the user was unable to tolerate use of lateral support and therefore a significant recline option was chosen to assist in maintaing position.
In addition to the above user needs, environmental constraints where also faced. Turning circles and access within the wheelchair users home were minimal and therefore whilst the recline back solved one problem it created a second for the carer in manoeuvrability.
Specialised build completed
A 20 degree reclined back was created and the push handle and exposed back post length was shortened in order to reduce the overall length of the wheelchair. In addition a tension adjustable back was used to create a ‘sag’ for the user to rest into and accept base of support from the back cushion.