Medical equipment including wheelchairs, electric scooters and other durable medical equipment is needed by many people. When purchasing a wheelchair, it is important to make sure the wheelchair fits the user. An ill fitting wheelchair can cause back and hip pain and poor posture.
Use this guide to help measure for a wheelchair:
- Seat width- Measure across the widest point of the hips or thighs.
- Seat depth: measure from the rear of the buttocks to the inner surface of the back of the knee.
- Back height: Measure from the rear underside of the buttock to the underside of the extended arm (ask the person to extend their arm out in front of them).
- Footrest height: Measure from the bottom of the heel to the undersurface of the thigh at the back of the knee.
Keep in mind if the user has a seat cushion to add or subtract 1/2 inch as needed.
By Angie Bell
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