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Åka nerför en rulltrappa med rullstol med hjälp, (svensk text)


User rides down an escalator with help from an assistant, filmed by Madeleine Stenius, Rehab Station Stockholm (film)

User rides down an escalator with help from an assistant. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm
User rides down an escalator with help from an assistant. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm

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Ride down an escalator in a wheelchair with assistance

Description of technique with help from one person

Description
The assistant walks backwards onto the escalator first and has to “mark time” in order to receive the user. The user goes down backwards with the rear wheels of a staircase and the front wheels on the step above. He bends forward and holds on with his arms on the escalator handrail. The assistant stands behind the wheelchair a few steps below, leans forward and holds the wheelchair’s backrest.
Make sure that no clothes can get caught in the wheels.
If the tip guard is so long that it would catch in the escalator it needs to be angled out of the way.

Description of technique according to the book ‘Drivkraft’ [Driving force] by Ake Norsten, see below.

Authors comments
For a description of more driving techniques, see the book ‘Drivkraft körergononmi, rullstolsteknik & metodik’ [Driving force driving ergonomics, wheelchair techniques and methods] by Åke Norsten (in Swedisch).
May be ordered from Spinalis, Rehabstation Stockholm via the Rehabstation website, www.rehabstation.se (last checked July 2017).

Tip is dated from 2011

Categories for this tip
mobility » moving around by wheelchair, Tips and tricks from people with Motor incomplete paraplegia ( Th2-S1, ASIA C, D).

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