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wheelchair pushing- anxious - March 21st 2011, 01:05 PM

So i've volunteered to help out on a day trip this week, as a wheelchair pusher.

However, i havent a clue what i'm doing.

I'm quite small and weak, am i going to manage?

Any tips/advice?

Jst feeling a little anxious x


   
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Re: wheelchair pushing- anxious - March 21st 2011, 01:08 PM

Don't worry its nothing too taxing. There should be bars at the bottom so you can kinda step on and push the handles down for getting up kerbs.

Coming down Kerbs, unless its a DROPPED kerb, go BACKWARDS. If its about half an inch/inch thick you should be ok going forwards.

Other than that remember the brakes when you stop and just relax and have fun
   
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Re: wheelchair pushing- anxious - March 21st 2011, 03:32 PM

You don't need a lot of strength to push someone in a wheelchair. The most effort usually is to get the wheels rolling but once they're going, it's easy. Don't go too fast and if you have to go into elevators or some rooms, go in backward, it's much easier. Go forward the rest of the time unless it's steep or a large stair, in which case go down backward. Going down forward over large stairs or curbs has the possibility the person may tumble out or could injure their feet. Usually if the person is consciously aware of where they are, they'll give you advice as to how to move the wheelchair. Lastly, when you stop, put the brakes on. I unfortunately learned this the hard way when working at a hospital and didn't realize the floor was that slanted so they began rolling but I was able to quickly grab it to nothing bad happened.


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Re: wheelchair pushing- anxious - March 21st 2011, 07:30 PM

Wow, i think that's amazing.
Just dont let go of the wheelchair unless you have the brakes on. Thats the only advice i know.


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Re: wheelchair pushing- anxious - March 21st 2011, 07:36 PM

Lol my brother was in a manual wheelchair until he was 14, and now and then on and off depending if the electric one isn't suitable. I'm sure you'll be fine
   
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Re: wheelchair pushing- anxious - March 22nd 2011, 03:40 AM

My advice just go slow and steady and be gentle.


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Re: wheelchair pushing- anxious - March 22nd 2011, 05:20 AM

Be calm about it. Picture yourself as the person in the wheelchair. Would you want someone to be rough housing you? No you wouldn't. You would want the person to be calm and gentle. Just go slow. I'm sure if a problem happens, you can be able to contact one of the staff working the event.


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