The “push stick” is made of a telescoping tube (for window-washing) which is attached to a painting handle. The stick is attached to the wheelchair back bow with a strap. The telescoping tube extends to the outer position so that an assistant can help to push or brake the wheelchair when the user is unable to do so. The stick can be moved along the frame and can therefore be placed offset from the middle if the user needs more help on one side.
When the user had problems with one shoulder he came up with the idea of the push stick together with a friend, who was tired of bending over. The stick allows the assistant to walk standing straight and use relatively little strength to give an extra push to the person in the wheelchair. The stick is not intended for completely passive users, but is designed for active users so they can get by without using an electric wheelchair, such as when they are traveling.
Paid for by
Peter Noresson, Tomas Engblom
This tip is from 2008