Go down a flight of stairs with a wheelchair with assistance

Description of technique with help from one person


User goes down a flight of stairs with handrail with help from an assistant, filmed by Madeleine Stenius, Rehab Station Stockholm

The user positions himself with his back to the stairs, about 10 cm from the handrail and slowly drives backwards. The assistant stands and holds the seat back and provides support. The user helps by holding the banister with his the right hand of, while his left hand is on the left push rim. When standing on the step below he switches his grip and continues the same way.

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

Users 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 Swedish).
May be ordered from Spinalis, Rehabstation Stockholm via the Rehabstation website, www.rehabstation.se (last checked July 2017).

User goes down a flight of stairs with handrail with help from an assistant.
User goes down a flight of stairs with handrail with help from an assistant. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm

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Tipsare: Staffan

Stafan livs in an apartment. He is working full time. Since birth he has low paraplegia. No assistance.