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