Why Would I Need A Tilt In Space Wheelchair?
When a wheelchair user spends a lot of time in the same position, there can be health complications. Tilt in space wheelchairs help to prevent these problems by allowing the user to change their seating posture. These chairs are designed to tilt, recline and elevate the leg rests of a wheelchair to shift weight and relieve pressure. They can also be used to assist with breathing and digestion. Tilt in space wheelchairs are also more comfortable to sit in than standard wheelchairs and are often recommended for people who suffer from spasticity.
Is a tilt wheelchair a restraint?
The tilt in space wheelchair purpose function on some specialist seating chairs is very important to help avoid pressure ulcers. A pressure ulcer is when a person’s bottom becomes numb or has pins and needles after being seated in one position for too long. Tilt in space wheelchairs allow you to reclining the chair without changing the angle of your hips, knees or ankles, so it doesn’t affect the positioning of other areas of your body. This helps to redistribute your weight more evenly, reduces the risk of bedsores and back pain and improves circulation.
Some wheelchair users may need to be positioned in a very specific way; for example, those with edema may need their legs to be elevated above heart level. Tilt in space wheelchairs can be used to achieve this positioning, avoiding the need for additional equipment such as leg lifts and hoists. Some of these chairs can tilt up to fifty-five degrees and are available in various frame types, including lightweight, transport, power and electric. If you are unsure about what type of tilt in space wheelchair you require, speak to an experienced healthcare professional for advice.