Adapted wheelchair brake

– manageable for individuals with impaired hand function; does not get in the way during transfers

User in wheelchair with brake cord and plastic loop that sets the brake
User in wheelchair with brake cord and plastic loop that sets the brake

Description
The user drives an Ergo drive wheelchair from TiArrow. The brakes are set using a ring-shaped handle located under the seat. To set or release the brake, the user adapted the brake handle with a cord that has a plastic loop in each end, see photos 1 and 4. The cord, which sits on the front edge of the chair goes back to the brake handle and continues to the rear tube of the frame under the chair, where it goes around up to the left or right side of the front tube, see photos 2 and 3. The brakes are set by pulling the cord at the front edge of the chair. The brakes are released by pulling the other end of the cord.

Users comments
The user could not reach the brake handle while sitting at a table so he came up with the idea of the cord. He likes the fact that the brake lever does not get in the way during transfers.

Made by
Vigand Nilsson, TiArrow, www.tiarrow.com/ (last checked Match 2017)

Whose idea
The user

This tip is from 2010

Wheelchair with brake handle and brake cord from below
Wheelchair with brake handle and brake cord from below
Wheelchair with brake handle and brake cord from below (wheelchair is covered by a sheet to be able to see the brake cord better)
Wheelchair with brake handle and brake cord from below (wheelchair is covered by a sheet to be able to see the brake cord better)
Plastic loop on brake cord
Plastic loop on brake cord

Related tips

Individually adapted manual wheelchair in titanium
Individually adapted manual wheelchair in titanium
Good ergonomics and light weight facilitate driving and reduce the burden on shoulders.

Tipsare: Ulla

Ulla lives together with her partner in an apartment. She is working part time. In 1973 she was injured and has a high paraplegia.