When it becomes difficult to walk, a wheelchair quickly becomes your best friend. While wheelchairs are now more advanced and comfortable than ever before, they can still become painful on a long trip. Body parts start to get sore after a long period of sitting. And if your posture isn’t the greatest, the soreness will multiply. Luckily, there are many products on the market which can make your time in a wheelchair more enjoyable. But there are many factors that add to your pressure sore risk.
Do They Have Much Sensation?
The first factor that goes into the risk for pressure sores is sensation. Look at the individual’s level of sensation and if they are able to feel when they are starting to become sore and need to relieve pressure. If they are able to, do they have the ability to shift their weight on their own? If the answer is no to either, the individual is at a greater risk for sores due to pressure and a thicker seat cushion is recommended.
How Much Time Will be Spent in the Wheelchair?
Next, look at how long (per day) the individual will spend in their wheelchair. The longer someone will be in it, the quicker it will wear down. It also means that the longer someone spends in their chair, the more pressure relief they are going to need.
How do They Move the Wheelchair?
Does the individual use their arms to move the chair around? Maybe using their feet or neither at all? Is the chair motorized? All of these questions and the answers to them help guide as to where pressure sores are likely to occur on the individual and assist in the decision of what relief systems will be needed.
How Freedom Mobility can Help You
Serving as a trusted Hanover, MD wheelchair store, Freedom Mobility has built a reputation for knowledgeable, caring service over nearly ten years. The employees at Freedom Mobility are well equipped with the knowledge of the new and old wheelchair technologies and can find your loved ones the wheelchair that fits them best. They can set you up with pain relief alternatives to provide for the most comfortable ride and reduce the risk of pressure sores.