An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2016:
You can do the “tape”
test, where you place tape
on the person’s back at
the level of the top of the
back support. Then when
placing this backrest angle
into recline, the tape
remains visible on the
seated individual’s back.
This indicates that the
Solara 3G’s backrest angle
and backrest contribute
to the reduction of shear and friction. When seated in other similar
manual wheelchairs, the backrest angle reclines/opens, and accommodation
is not made during this movement. This results in the individual
and the backrest no longer supported, with the head often coming off
the backrest and the lateral thoracic pads becoming “earmuffs.”
Little Wave Flip
By integrating styling elements seen in strollers — and 500+ color combinations! — this new tilt-in-space chair seeks to facilitate the first step toward early-intervention positioning. Because the Flip has fewer parts than other tilt chairs, its seat height, depth and width are easy to change as the child grows. A tube-in-tube seat rail design is modular so changes can be made without replacing parts. The raised pivot point on the folding back allows more seating to remain on the chair when it’s folded.
An ATP & Clinician Best Pick of 2016:
A great transition for the kiddos and their parents who still want a
stroller concept, but have outgrown the appropriateness of a rehab
stroller. Can put any seating on it, and love the way it folds!
— Anne Kieschnik, ATP, CRTS, Numotion
Thomashilfen North America
This stroller-style pediatric folding wheelchair
offers tilt in space (-10° to +31°) and recline (90°
to 145°) functions for children with moderate to
complex medical and positioning needs and is
particularly beneficial for kids with low muscle
tone in the trunk. A patented tipping-prevention
function (Balance Safety System) prevents
the child’s weight from shifting backward
so center of gravity is maintained. Micro
Stimulation Technology — an anatomically
shaped spinal column plus gently moving parts
— respond to the child’s natural movements
to give the child tactile cues as to how he/she
is sitting and to encourage improved body
awareness. Seat position is reversible.
A lightweight, easily foldable,
dependent wheelchair, TRAK
offers 45° of tilt in space and 30°
of hip-angle adjustment, plus
easy adjustment of handlebar,
back height, seat depth and knee
angle. The RESPOND seating
system can be contoured to fit
each child; options include trunk
supports, therapeutic tray, curvature
configuration, hip guides and
a positioning wedge kit.
The lightweight, compact Trekker
can take kids around in style while
supporting their positioning
needs. The Trekker offers
adjustable tilt from -5° to 45°,
170° of recline, plus “functional”
and “rest” positions to match
whatever activity is happening at
the moment. Trekker’s seating can
be forward facing (so the child
can look out at the world) or rear
facing (to look at the caregiver).
A WC19 transport option is
Little Wave Clik
With width/depth growth of 8" to 16", this chair promotes independence
for kids. Index System
tubing has dimples to optimize
adjustment and eliminate
guesswork. The Little Wave Clik
promotes proper positioning and
wheel access, so you’re one “click”
away from a just-right fit. The
dynamic fifth wheel allows you
to adjust range and spring rate to
match your rider’s abilities. With
a 12.5-lb. transport weight and
165-lb. weight capacity.
P.R.O. CG Tilt
Freedom Designs’ tilt-in-space wheelchair is lightweight (34 lbs. in transport configuration) and compact (21.75" long), with simple adjustments for great maneuverability. The Precise Rotational Orientation makes the chair easy to push, tilt/untilt and turn to fit well into everyday environments and activities.
The lightweight, foldable REACH stroller is available in 12", 14" and an innovative frame design so caregivers can fix the tilt angle at 10°, 20° or 30°. Up to 5" of depth growth is built into the seating system. Handlebar, back height, seat depth and hip/knee angles are easily adjustable.
By attaching to rigid-framed manual wheelchairs (or to folding chairs via an adaptor), FreeWheel enables consumers to push over surfaces that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to navigate. The attachment is designed to provide a longer wheelbase and reduce resistance and drag when rolling over broken sidewalks, curbs, carpet, gravel, dirt, grass and snow. Encourages a more active lifestyle by improving accessibility in all sorts of everyday and exceptional situations.
Mobility Direct (U.S. distributor)
Invented by Swiss wheelchair user and outdoor enthusiast Patrick Mayer, Wheelblades offer chair users greater access in snowy conditions. Wheelblades attach to front casters of manual chairs; the Wheelblades’ greater width distributes the user’s weight and propulsion energy over a greater surface area to keep casters from sinking into the snow. Two tracking channels on the underside of the Wheelblade compresses snow to ensure stability. Wheelblades can be easily and quickly attached to front wheels measuring 1.8 to 6 cm wide (approximately .71" to 2.36" wide). Check out wheelblades.ch, or Wheelblades’ American distributor for more information.