Ride up an escalator in a wheelchair with assistance

Description of technique with help from one person


User rides up an escalator with help from an assistant, filmed by Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm

The user rolls toward the escalator, the assistant walks behind him, holding the wheelchair backrest and making sure that the drive wheels end up on one step and the castors on the next. When the steps are increased the assistant stands with one leg one step below and the other two steps below the user and applies stabilizing counterpressure. When the escalator starts to level off the assistant helps to lift the drive wheels slightly so that they will not get stuck in the small edge at the top of the escalator.

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 rides up an escalator with help from an assistant.
User rides up an escalator with help from an assistant. Photo: Madeleine Stenius, Rehabstation Stockholm

Related tips

Ride up an escalator in a wheelchair
Ride up an escalator in a wheelchair
Technique for people who have strong arms.
Ride down an escalator in a wheelchair
Ride down an escalator in a wheelchair
Technique for people who have strong arms.
Ride down an escalator in a wheelchair with assistance
Ride down an escalator in a wheelchair with assistance
Description of technique with help from one person.

Tipsare: Staffan

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