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    • #28797
      sasha
      Participant

      How do you sit in your wheelchair? Do you use belts or other support attachments?

      I was sitting a bit weirdly in my wheelchair for 10+ years, kind of relying on its a bit unusual seat cushion shape and armrest.

      Now I am trying a new wheelchair and can’t find the right way to sit. Trying with its belt (horizontal), seems mostly fine, but I am afraid that it can result in pressure sores etc. on the chest.

    • #28799
      Greg Sealey
      Participant

      I use a lap belt that comes with the wheelchair. That is solely for security though. I also use a Velcro strap around my lower chest and abdomen area. This helps keep me from falling forward to far. I have the lateral supports along both of my ribs under my arms. This keeps me from falling left or right. I also use a headrest when needed (usually when I’m outside the house). The headrest simply provides security and prevents me from falling backwards to far when I am in my van or on rough terrain.

      I have used a Velcro chest trap for many years and have never had any skin issues.

      • #28800
        sasha
        Participant

        What kind of strap do you use? Can you give a link?

    • #28803
      DeAnn R
      Keymaster

      I use a wide padded chest strap across my abdomen to lean into. Because it’s wider and padded it doesn’t fold over and become uncomfortable like the regular lap belt does for me. Mine has a latch because I had a bad experience with Velcro. I don’t have a link or brand, but I would think your wheelchair rep could come up with a good solution for you.

    • #28810
      Alyssa Silva
      Keymaster

      I don’t use any straps unless I’m in the car. I do have a custom mold seat which provides added comfort and support for me.

    • #29542
      Pamela Muhammad
      Participant

      I use a regular seatbelt that came with the wheelchair, and I only use it when I ride the bus. And also, there’s a padded siding on my right ribs that gives me some support.

    • #29559
      Dennis Turner
      Participant

      Lap belt that came with my chair. I have enough trunk strength to be able to sit upright on my own, but have almost fallen out when I forgot the lap belt.

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