People often enquire about the transportation and mobility of Seating Matters chairs. Here's some advice to make transportation and movement of the Seating Matters chair easy and efficient. All Seating Matters chairs are on wheels as standard for easy mobility throughout a home or care facility. There are some variations of wheels available to make this job easier and more suitable for different surfaces.
Can Seating Matters chairs can be taken in a moving vehicle?
Our chairs are not crash tested, and some transport authorities require this to allow the chairs to be transported in a moving vehicle. However others don't require this. The best advice we can give is to refer to your local guidelines and laws before using a Seating Matters chair in transport.
Whilst Seating Matters chairs are primarily designed for indoor mobility they can be taken outside if the path is suitable, to a garden or outside area to allow the patient to benefit from increased stimuli provided from a new view, some fresh air and a chance to enjoy the great outdoors.
Some additional accessories can help to make this task easier when transporting over large distances:
- Adding stroller wheels (see image) to your chair can help those who would like to travel over larger distances.
- If the chair has tilt in space as a function it may be easier to move the chair whilst in slight tilt if this is clinically appropriate and safe to do.
- For movement of the Bariatric Sorrento, the added powered feature of Drive Assist™ makes this task a much easier task for the caregiver, reducing manual handling.
Maneuverability indoors is relatively straightforward since the chairs are all on wheels, allowing the patient to be moved from room to room to encourage social interaction and inclusion. All Seating Matters chairs can fit through a standard door frame.
Some additional accessories can help to make this task easier when transporting a patient indoors:
- Reverse can sometimes be the easiest motion for moving through doorways.
- Twin castors added to your chair can help improve manoeuvrability indoors, especially over carpeted surfaces.
Top Tips for Optimum Safety
- Make sure brakes are applied when not in motion and when doing transfers in and out of the Seating Matters chair.
- If the patient has a lap belt, we recommend for their own safety that this is used during movement of the chair.
- Please ensure patient's feet are safely loaded on the footplate provided during any movement of the patient within the chair.
- Use the directional lock castor (located on the wheel at the front left of the chair) when travelling in a straight line to help with steering.
If you have any queries regarding wheels or accessories to assist you when moving your patient in the chair please contact us.Note - the purpose of this blog is to give an overview of the product with some tips to consider on its use. This is not intended to be a substitute for professional or medical advice, diagnosis, prescription or treatment and does not constitute medical or other professional advice. For advice with your personal health or that of someone in your care, consult your doctor or appropriate medical professional.