How much tilt is effective and suitable?
Indeed, the reclining feature allows the user to tilt but the amount of tilt varies with individual patient’s needs and health conditions. If tilted to slighter angles, it enables the patients to uphold good posture and prevents them from sliding or falling. According to health surveys conducted on tilt wheelchairs, the minimum angle to maintain is 35 degrees in combination to a recline angle of 100 degrees. It is understood that keeping the tilt angle between 35 to 40 degrees is ideal for pressure relief and redistribution. Also, it improves the flow of blood to required areas.
What makes a tilt wheelchair special and advantageous?
Tilt wheelchairs have improved the lives of people suffering from physical disabilities and the elderly having mobility issues. First and foremost, it is making their sitting comfortable as when the wheelchair is tilted and reclined, it redistributes the pressure from the lower body to the posterior trunk and upper body. The patient instantly feels relief from pressure sores and restores the flow of blood to the required areas. The second advantage of a tilt wheelchair is that it reduces the fatigue one feels when sitting in an upright position. It fosters the right seating alignment and helps them in thoracic expansion. Patients suffering from respiratory or digestive diseases can prevent any lapse if they get to sit in the appropriate position and this wheelchair offers them that flexibility.
This technological boon has immensely enhanced the quality of living by making them more content, comfortable, and free. It also gives the caregiver an advantage in transferring the loved one from a wheelchair to the bed or any other place. It grants a sense of independence to the patients as they don’t have to stay bedridden all the time and opens the window of productive possibilities. It gives them a will to get better and stay healthy.