When helping someone operate his or her wheelchair, it is imperative that you know a few basic safety tips in order to avoid accidental injury. The first thing you should familiarize yourself with is how the chair operates. Most chairs have two smaller front wheels called casters, big back wheels, a hand brake accessible by the occupant, a handle, and a tipping bar.
When the person in the wheelchair needs to stand up or sit down, make sure the hand brake is activated. To assist him or her in these efforts, wrap your arms around the person; using your legs as support, gently ease him or her into the chair or up out of it, as instructed in this video. During more difficult maneuvers, like driving the wheelchair down steps, go down backwards and use the tipping bar and the force of your body to prevent a fall. For more useful tips, watch this full video.
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