1. How does the Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks Work?
The Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Lock automatically locks the wheelchair's wheels when a person's weight is lifted from the seat of the wheelchair. When weight is lifted from the seat, e.g. when a person stands up – the locks “automatically” engage, locking the wheels until the weight is applied again to the seat. When the chair is occupied, i.e. when weight is on the seat, the locks automatically disengage and the user may roll about as he/she wishes. It’s that simple. Yet this device is highly effective in preventing falls and injury. Overrides mounted on the handles of the wheelchair can disengage the locks to allow attendants to easily move an empty chair. The Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks also do not interfere with folding the wheelchair for storing or transporting.
2. What are the key benefits of Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks?
Benefits include: fewer falls, reduced injuries, less fear of falling, reduced liability by reducing falls and related injuries and ease of use. Attendants can simply engage the override for easy mobility when the wheelchair is empty. The Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Lock does not interfere with the normal operation of the chair and it can be easily folded and stored like any other wheelchair. Each time someone self-transfers in and out of a wheelchair, there is a risk of falling. Some falls result in serious injury that require long-term medical care. Often the injury permanently affects one’s quality of life. Nearly half the residents who use wheelchairs in nursing homes have a fall each year. Of those falls, approximately eleven percent result in a serious injury such as a fractured hip. Nationally, falls from wheelchairs cost individuals and businesses billions of dollars each year. This includes costs paid by Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance companies, nursing homes and hospitals.
3. Why use the Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks over the Manual locks?
Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks help prevent falls. Although wheelchairs have manual locks, they have no value if the person forgets or is unable to use them. The very act of applying the brakes before exiting a wheelchair takes two physical actions: applying the brakes, then bracing on the wheelchair’s arms. It is no wonder the incidence of falls is greater among people who have experienced strokes, have memory loss, or other physical or cognitive limitations. In addition to increased medical costs, there is also the possibility of increased legal expenses in regard to wheelchair falls. Many employers and healthcare workers have experienced this firsthand.
4. Is the Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Lock difficult to install?
No. There is a link to an installation video on our Home Page that shows the step by step installation process. With a few basic tools, the Maintenance staff at most facilities can easily install one of our Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks.
5. Can I buy a new wheelchair with a Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Lock already installed?
Yes. Safer Automatic Wheelchair Wheel Locks has a variety of Invacare wheelchairs with wheel locks pre-installed. Please see our Products page for a complete listing of available models and sizes.