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Wheelchair News, Issue #002 -- Basic wheelchair measurement guide
July 31, 2011

As I promised you in last week's newsletter here is a basic measurement guide for wheelchairs for those who like to do-it-yourself.

Wheelchair Measurement Guide

Three Very Important Measurements

When measuring for a proper fitting wheelchair the measurements needed are hip width, seat depth, and knee to heel length. The hip width (measurement A) is shown in the first picture. This measurement will provide you with the minimum width of the wheelchair.

You will want to add about 2 inches to this measurement for the seat width of the wheelchair. The first picture shows you how to take the measurement. The person should be sitting on a solid surface without sides. This allows the person taking the measurements to get an accurate measurement of the hip width.

The second measurement is taken with the individual still sitting on a solid surface. You will measure the seat depth starting from behind the personís knee to their back, as shown in the second picture as (measurement B).

Back height is good to have also, as it allows support or freedom of movement (measurement C). This is not as critical as the final measurement.

The third important measurement is the knee to heel length as seen in (measurement D). This will help you determine how far the seat of the wheelchair should be from the footrest.

You may be able to take your own measurements if you had a chair specifically fitted to you and your size has not changed. The process is the same as above with regards to seat width and depth, as well as seat height from the footrest. The images of the individual and chair are presented for your reference.

If you are looking for a wheelchair be sure to first take these three important measurements. Taking your tape measure with you will be helpful if you do not have the assistance of a professional for a wheelchair fitting.

In closing, I look forward to hearing from you.

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