Wheelchair gloves

Custom-made gloves used for wheelchair driving and to hold utensils such as a pen or fork in place

User with wheelchair gloves
User with wheelchair gloves

Description
The gloves are custom-designed for the user’s hands. They are attached with Velcro straps. Key rings are sewn to the Velcro strap to make it easier for the user to put on the gloves unassisted. The gloves are made of leather which conforms to the user’s hands. Rubber material allows a good grip of e.g. the wheelchair’s grip rings.

Users comments
The user frequently uses the gloves for wheelchair driving and to hold pens and brushes in place. She replaces them as needed, about 2-3 pairs per year.

Made by
Stefan Borg, OT-Center, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm (last checked May 2017)

Paid for by
County Council

This tip is from 2007

User tightens Velcro straps
User tightens Velcro straps
User takes off wheelchair gloves
User takes off wheelchair gloves

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Tipsare: Yasmin

Yasmin lives in an apartment. She is working part time. She was injured in 1999 and has a C-5 tetraplgia. Through hand surgery her grip function improved. She has personal assistance 24 hours a day, 7 hours of those are assistance on call.