Availability of Wheelchairs:

Obtain wheelchairs through unit staff; call Information Desk in building; or dial operator "0" for assistance.

Transporting Procedures:

  • Because of liability, you may not physically assist a person into the wheelchair.
  • If you push a wheelchair to a person, lock the brakes and let a family member assist person into the wheelchair.
  • Do not go to a vehicle to help a person into a wheelchair.
  • Transport Department phone number, if need assistance, is 342-1577.
  • Ensure the chair's brakes are locked on both wheels.
  • Ensure both footrests are in the UP position.
  • Sturdy the chair and ask the individual to have a seat.
  • Lower both footrests.
  • Unlock both brakes to ensure they are not touching the wheels.
  • Visually select your route to travel.
  • It takes approximately fifteen pounds of body torque to start the chair to move.
  • Always use both hands while transporting.
  • When moving an individual in a wheelchair, push the wheelchair from behind.
  • Always keep a sharp eye out for others while moving. Use the right side of the hall as if you were driving your car.
  • Always prepare to stop suddenly if necessary.
  • Proper footwear is a MUST while transporting. Improper shoes WILL cause injury to yourself and the individual being transported.
  • Always back the wheelchair into an elevator so the individual is facing the front. This is to allow control when exiting and to avoid traffic so as not to cause injury. It is also more pleasant for the individual.
  • Do not move the wheelchair around when the elevator is in motion.
  • Wheelchairs should be backed over any irregularities in the floor.
  • On a level surface, an individual can push and control approximately three times his/her own body weight. It is less for a person that does not possess much upper body strength.
  • When you reach your destination, reverse the procedures with which you began (i.e. raise the footrests in the UP position, lock brakes on both wheels). Do not physically assist the individual out of the chair.

Transporting Procedures for Oversized Individuals:

  • Oversized individuals are to be transported by a qualified staff member in order to avoid injury to volunteer.

Avoid the Following:

  • Do not transport oversized individuals. They are to be transported by a qualified staff member.
  • If the brakes are faulty, DO NOT use that chair until adjustments have been made.
  • Do not transport individuals that need assistance getting in or out of the chair. This is to be accomplished by a qualified staff member.

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