Any caregiver or physician treating and providing for bariatric patients must be prepared to deal with the particular situations that arise in treating the obese. Due to their larger size, obese patients must have many aspects of their care taylored to their specific needs. Included among these is the need for a special wheelchair. Bariatric wheelchairs should be wide enough for the patient's girth and sturdy enough to hold up their weight, while at the same time they are adaptable enough to allow for the greatest mobility for the patient as he gets in and out of the chair and moves throughout the day.
Bariatric wheelchairs must also be able to perform all of the same tasks that typical wheelchairs do. The tires of the wheelchair must be securely attached to the frame, and to avoid having to constantly air up the tires, those on the wheelchairs should be airless pneumatic. This is especially important with bariatric wheelchairs that are required to uphold greater loads.
A strong, lightweight frame is an important feature in a bariatric wheelchairs. The frame must be strong enough to move the weight of the and the patient without bending or breaking during use or wearing out too soon. A stong bariatric wheelchair will last longer than one constructed of shoddy materials. This will save the cost of frequently repairing or replacing the wheelchair itself in the future. As most caregiver budgets are often strained, this is the only sensible option, but never sacrifice quality for price. The patient's comfort must always come first in any situation, including the choice of his bariatric wheelchair.
Many patients will need a wheelchair for home use. They must look for a bariatric wheelchairs that will suit their specific needs. It must hold up their at least their current weight, and it must be wide enough for the patient to fit in comfortably. To ease getting in and out of the chair, the arms should be removable (folding power wheelchair). The wheelchair must be easy to move for the patient or caregiver. The wheel rails must be simple to grip and have a non-slip option. The seat and legs should be well padded. A quality bariatric wheelchairs will likely have all of these features.
Obese patients do not want to feel like they are being singled out, but their need for specific products will likely do just that. For the patient's comfort, they will need to be given a bariatric wheelchair. This will ensure that the patient has the proper support for his mass, since for some patients, the average wheelchair will not be sufficient. The weight supported by a bariatric wheelchair can vary by brand, and any caregiver who is looking to provide for the obese ought to take into account all the possibilities of levels of obesity in forthcoming patients. Some bariatric wheelchairs will only hold up patients with weights up to 350 pounds, while others will support up to 750 pounds. The width of the wheelchair is also important, since they are often available in sizes of 22 inches to 30 inches. Every patient should be offered a wheelchair that will comfortably support him and let him not feel cramped by avoiding a too small or narrow a wheelchair.
Strength of structure and size of the wheelchair should be two of the most important factors for anyone looking for bariatric wheelchairs.
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