Below are some ideas for assisting wheelchair users:
- Some wheelchair users can stand up and may be able to walk a short distance, others cannot
- Never touch a wheelchair without asking permission first
- For longer conversations, position yourself at the wheelchair user’s eye level
- Before starting off, ensure that the person’s feet are correctly positioned on the foot rests
- Use the handles to push a wheelchair, not the back of the chair
- Watch out for obstacles and other hazards when you are pushing a wheelchair
- Take particular care on ramps and slopes, when passing through doors and in narrow places
- Make sure the brakes are applied when stationery or when someone is getting into or out of a wheelchair
- Back into a lift so that the wheelchair user faces the door
- Don’t try to carry luggage as well as push a wheelchair
Take some time to think about this before moving on.
What other ideas do you have for making access easier for your wheelchair users?
Don’t forget to let your manager know your ideas.