A wheelchair’s ability to tilt is an important feature for people who require specialist seating. Tilt-in-space chairs can redistribute pressure and reduce shearing on the skin, helping to avoid pressure injuries and ulcers, particularly in vulnerable areas such as the buttocks and heels.
What is the function of tilt in a power wheelchair?
The amount of tilt-in-space wheelchair options required will differ between individuals, and can also vary depending on the equipment used. For example, the angle of tilt may be higher for a wheelchair that can recline, than one that does not. However, it is essential to maintain a safe level of tilt in a chair as high levels of tilt can lead to falls. For this reason, it is always best to consult a healthcare professional before using a wheelchair that can be tilted in space.
Tilt Wheelchair Options
Tilt in space wheelchairs can be manually powered or pushed by caregivers. They are available in many styles and sizes, including compact wheelchairs. They are often used in long term care settings and can be adapted with transit brackets for easy transfer.
The tilt-in-space function is similar to a reclining back wheelchair. Both move the user’s center of gravity, but a reclining back wheelchair can also shift the position of the backrest to reduce pressure on the rear. The inclination of the chair moves the body weight to the front of the seat, and promotes good posture by encouraging thoracic extension and neutral pelvis positioning. This is particularly beneficial for people with reduced trunk control, allowing them to keep their heads up and promoting circulation, breathing and digestive functions.