Custom-made wheelchair gloves

Custom sewn wheelchair gloves with friction surface on the thumb that facilitates wheelchair driving for people with impaired hand function

User drives wheelchair while wearing custom-made wheelchair glove
User drives wheelchair while wearing custom-made wheelchair glove

Description
The wheelchair glove is a “thumb glove” that covers the entire thumb and the base of the thumb. It is attached around the wrist with a Velcro closure, see photo 5. The entire thumb and the base of the thumb are covered by a layer of thick rubber, see photos 1 and 2.
The thumb glove is made baed on a plaster cast of the hand.

The user usually wears a nylon work glove as a liner. The glove is PU-coated to provide a good grip and fits snugly, see photos 3 and 4.

Model name liner glove: Work glove Tegera

Users comments
The glove provides a good friction surface against the wheelchair handrim and significantly improves the mobility of the user.

The liner glove also has a very good grip, including in the rain, and can be successfully used by paraplegics. It is inexpensive and lasts surprisingly well, even with heavy usage.

Made by
Thumb glove: Stefan Borg, Orthoped tecnician, Stockholm

Purchased from
Liner glove (in Sweden): Claes Ohlson, www.clasohlson.com (last checked February 2017)

Paid for by
County Council

Whose idea
Tomas Engblom

This tip is from 2014

User with specially-sewn wheelchair glove
User with specially-sewn wheelchair glove
User with specially-sewn wheelchair glove, with liner glove
User with specially-sewn wheelchair glove, with liner glove
User with work glove (liner glove)
User with work glove (liner glove)
User puts on specially-sewn wheelchair glove
User puts on specially-sewn wheelchair glove

Tipsare: Tomas

Tomas lives in an apartment together with his partner. He works part time as a photographer. He was injured in 1983 and has a low tetraplegia. He has home help one hour a day.