Safety string for wheelchair

Discrete string prevents a person who operates an electric wheelchair and has poor balance from falling forward

Safety string around user’s chest
Safety string around user’s chest

Description
Instead of a seatbelt, a discrete string is used around the user’s chest. The string goes behind the wheelchair’s backrest and through holes on each side of the back support plate. The string can be opened or closed with a small snap hook.

Users comments
When the wheelchair stops the user could fall forward and then has no way to get up again. When he drives outdoors he uses this safety string and it is enough for him. He does not want a large seatbelt. The string must be positioned high up on the chest.

How to make
Drill holes in the sides of the back support plate at chest height. Pull a string through. Make a loop in one end of the string and attach a snap hook to the other end.

Made by
User’s home services staff

Paid for by

Whose idea
The user

This tip is from 2006

Back support plate with hole for string
Back support plate with hole for string
Snap hook
Snap hook
Snap hook
Snap hook

Tipsare: Ragge

Ragge lives together with his wife in a house. He is developing ideas which make everyday life easier for himself and for others. He was injured in 1973 and has a high tetraplegia. He has homehelp 27 hours a week.