Tilite TR Series 3 Manual Rigid Wheelchair

Hello Everyone! TGIF! Today, I would like to share with you the Tilite TR Series 3 manual rigid wheelchair. This is a popular model by Tilite and it’s also a custom ordered frame! By custom, I mean that this wheelchair has a specified fixed dump. Having a fixed dump helps to reduce the weight of the base significantly and is highly recommended for client’s who are absolutely sure of how much seat dump works for them functionally. Reducing the weight and amount of “play” in the base is also important for maintaining shoulder health as well as for efficiency when self-propelling. The one in my pictures is a carbon fiber base, which makes this base even lighter! It is by no means a cheap base, but a great choice if funds are available. On this base we set up an ADI carbon fiber backrest and a Ride Designs custom cushion. The 3rd image is the Ride capture. We also set up Frog Legs suspension forks, which can really help to absorb shock from the terrain. This can really benefit a client who experiences a lot of tone.

The ADI backrest is a nice option as it is super lightweight and has a nice contour. It’s such a shame to spec a really nice lightweight wheelchair frame, then stick a heavy backrest on it with heavy mounting hardware. I try to remember to consider some of these lightweight options when ordering a wheelchair base like this one. The Ride cushion is also a super lightweight cushion that offloads the client’s boney prominences. This is a great cushion for client’s at high risk for skin breakdown due to impaired sensation. Again, this is another expensive product but necessary for many to maintain skin integrity. In addition to this benefit, this cushion also supports the pelvis very well. Many of my clients have said that this cushion has helped to improve their postural alignment and has reduced nerve pain and discomfort. Many also report improved proximal stability and functional performance such as ability to transfer. Keep in mind that this a custom cushion that needs to be done by a “Ride Certified” technician and/or therapist. Also, keep in mind that this cushion can be highly customized. For example, for clients who need to manually transfer, the front end can be specified to be lower/flatter so that the well is not as deep. This makes moving forwards on the seat easier. Keep in mind that you might also lose a bit of well depth that way, so it is important to do these specifications with an experienced vendor. Ed Bell, from Advanced Mobility helped me with this system. Also, I wanted to share with you a custom sip and puff system that was built by Wahbi Ghanbur at Advanced Mobility. This sip and puff control has been modified to allow for control of 4 additional devices including the power base. This system will work with RNET electronics. Advanced Mobility only has a few of these available as they were custom built as a sort of in house project. They are looking for a good home. Please contact a sales representative at Advanced Mobility if you are interested in this system.

Thanks for checking in today! I will leave you with a photo…mind you, a bit of a blurry photo of me with Tom Hetzel and Joe Bieganek from Ride Designs. This photo was taken at the ISS this year. A fun pairwith a great product! Hope you don’t mind me sharing this! Until next time!

Seating is Super!

Cheryl

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Wheelchair Accessible Vanity for Spinal Cord Injury Client

Happy Thursday Everyone! I just got back from Terrace, BC last week and have been looking forward to sharing something very special with you! A custom wheelchair accessible vanity and adapted make-up set-up. This system was made for a client with quadriplegia and was created from scratch by Chad Kania at Ability Health Care. Actually, Chad used to build custom furniture before he entered the seating technician profession. Knowing this,  I knew he would do an amazing job at building a set-up like this one. This vanity was partially funded  by the BC Rehab Foundation through GF Strong. Thank you to them for approving such a project.

This vanity had so many neat components to it. Such as a powered, height adjustable function, a cut out at the front to allow for better access, a custom elbow support for stability during make-up application, a custom mascara holder/applicator, a moveable mirror for close up make up application, and a hair dryer mount on a gooseneck post. The hair dryer will be plugged into the wall with an x10 module that will be accessed through a separate switch. As you can see from the pictures, all of the make up brushes, and hair brushes have been modified with universal cuffs and the containers have been mounted onto a wooden board with velcro for easy access.

This project was such a fun one. It was so exciting to help my client gain independence with this part of her life.

I will now leave you with a photo of my flight leaving Terrace. It was another great trip. Until next time!

Seating is Super!

Cheryl