Advanced standing wheelchair design gives disabled more freedom in life
Rehabilitation engineers at Minneapolis Veterans Affairs hospital have developed an advanced standing wheelchair to give paraplegics more freedom when it comes to performing daily chores of life. This is not the first time a standing wheelchair has been created, but this one is more advanced with focus on functionality and comfort of the user. The team have tested this wheelchair with John Christensen who has been paralyzed for more than 20 years. Thankfully, with this new wheelchair he can do things that earlier he was restricted to do. Most importantly this wheelchair prevents the occurrence of sores which can result from sitting in one position for a long time.
The wheelchair is designed in such a way that four wheels are in contact with the ground at all times. Also, they have made sure that the user is able to push up to get in a standing position with least discomfort possible. According to lead developer Dr. Gary Goldish, the wheelchair is modified by adding a drive wheel which is separate from the push rim. This enables smooth transfer of load between the front and back quicker. With just a few clicks the wheelchair transforms into a standing wheelchair for user’s convenience.
Well, Christensen now wants to shoot baskets from a standing position in his wheelchair, something he has been longing to do for years. The standing wheelchair is going to undergo quite a few changes before it gets ready for commercial use. For now the prototype developed has been supported financially by Disabled Veterans.