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How to Measure Someone for a New Wheelchair
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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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Biography: Angie has worked with thousands of clients in the rehab setting. She develops helping products and consults with websites and fellow inventors.

Her goal is to make as many people safe and independent as possible with quailty medical equipment, gadgets and supplies.

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