Wheelchair Innovation

We often hear that Wheelchair Users don't get the right chair provided or that it's not "quite right".  This can because some providers allocate chairs based on what they know. Wheelchair technology and functionality is improving all the time and whilst some of it is costly, there is a strong case for ensuring that wheelchair users are given the right chair so that they can function properly in the community as well as the chair fulfilling their health needs.

Here we have identified some innovative work that should help wheelchair users understand what is possible and what is available.

Powered Neuro Wheelchair

The MND Association has worked with three wheelchair manufacturers, those most commonly used by statutory services, to create new specifications of Powered Neuro Wheelchair that meet the needs of people with motor neurone disease (MND).

The provision of the most appropriate wheelchair for people with MND has, in the past, been complicated. Most often, costly adaptations had to be made to existing wheelchair stock, leading to delays in people getting their wheelchair. The wheelchairs have been specified to avoid these problems, in an affordable way for wheelchair services.

Learn more by going to the MND web site: HERE

Conversions kits for manual wheelchairs

The Neater uni-wheelchair kit is a kit that is attached to a standard Action3 wheelchair to convert it for use by users who have experienced a stroke or loss of one arm and leg.

It is a standard chair to which the kit has been attached and enables users to self-propel and steer independently of attendants. The aim of a recent pilot study was to explore users’ experiences of the Neater Uni-wheelchair in the home environment.

Below are three documents which provide further detail: A Case Study, a user evaluation and a user evaluation summary which includes some user quotes.  Click on the images below to view the detail.

Case Study BrightonNew User Evaluation User Evaluation Summary

Innovative Seating

 We will shortly sharing some information about innovative seating.  Watch this space.


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