Spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injury
Spinal cord injury (tetraplegia, paraplegia)
for accelerator/brake, mounted on floor or steering wheel and available with controls for indicators, windscreen wash/wipe, full/dipped beam. The horn and cruise control can also be relocated to the hand control if the driver has no or impaired leg function. Accelerate and brake using a lever on the steering wheel rim or on the floor. The car must have an automatic gearbox.
Arm-rest on the driver’s seat to provide support when driving using the hasnd control. Using an arm-rest can lighten the load during driving, making it a more comfortable experience, particularly when driving long distances.
Accelerator ring mounted on steering wheel. The accelerator ring is mounted below the car’s original steering wheel and is used to manoeuvre the accelerator pedal while the driver’s hands are on the wheel. The advantage is that both hands are on the steering wheel while accelerating and steering the vehicle. This assistive device is ideal for drivers with impaired or no leg function.
Extra light power steering for those who find it hard turning the wheel. This adaptation makes it easier for people who find it difficult to turn the wheel, for example in built-up areas. Please note that light power steering is not available for all car models.
Vacuum-assisted braking is used to reduce the braking resistance. This type of braking is designed for drivers who find it difficult to press down the brake by foot, or who have impaired arm power when braking with a hand lever.
Strap to close the driver’s door or boot. Fitted between the driver’s door and dashboard to enable the driver to grab the strap and close the door once in the driver’s seat (works very well in 3-door cars with large doors). The strap is mounted between the floor and lid of the boot and is used to close the boot while sitting in a wheelchair. The strap automatically retracts once the boot is closed.
Extra handles to make it easier to get in and out of the car. The handles can be positioned at various points in the vehicle as required.
Foot slip prevention device to stop feet sliding beneath the pedals. If there is a risk of feet sliding away when driving the car using the hand control, an anti-slip device can be fitted to prevent feet slipping beneath the pedals. If the driver has a degree of spasticity and his or her feet could slip beneath the brake pedal, there is a high risk of being unable to brake when necessary.
The wheel spinners
QR are devices which makes is easier to turn the steering wheel using one hand only. QR (Quick Release) means the spinner is detachable. Wheel spinners are often used in combination with a hand control. There are various types of wheel spinner, such as a tetra-grip which has three or two individually adjustable buttons that can be set to suit the user’s wrist and grip.
The wheel spinner with remote control is combined with a transmitter that can be operated by fingertip while manoeuvring the steering wheel to operate indicators, windscreen wash/wipe, dipswitch, horn and hazard lights. The benefit of this product is that the driver can steer the car and handle the car’s primary electrical functions with one hand. The wheel spinner is easy to attach and detach.
Anatomically designed seats
provide good support and the ability to modify the seat position electrically. Makes it easier to move from wheelchair to car seat.
The ability to modify the seat position reduces the risk of injury from sitting in one position for a long time, which is good for blood circulation and also reduces the risk of concentrated pressure on the seat bones, for example.
The Turnout swivel seat
is designed for users who find it difficult to get in and out of the car. The swivel base and seat swing out beyond the threshold, making it easier to move from a wheelchair or rollator to the seat. The swivel base is also ideal for people with walking difficulties who find it difficult getting into and out of the car.
The sliding plate mounted over the threshold of the car is used to make it easier to move between the car seat and wheelchair. A mounted sliding plate also greatly reduces the risk of falling or sliding onto the threshold or ground as it cannot slide away during transfer.
Roof top box
that hoists a folding wheelchair using a hand control. For use by those unable to lift the wheelchair into the car themselves, or those with impaired function or wear in the shoulders and arms. The roof top box weighs only 55 kg and can be fitted on most cars.
are used for high vehicles, such as minivans and MPVs, in order to lift people sitting in manual or power wheelchairs into the vehicle and transfer them to the driver’s seat or passenger seat efficiently. It is important to know the total height when seated in the wheelchair in order to choose a vehicle with the right interior height.
The Chrysler Grand Voyager Entervan with lowered floor provides direct access to the driver’s area thanks to an electric ramp that folds out the side of the vehicle. Often used for wheelchair users who want to stay in their power wheelchair to drive the vehicle. A button-operated electric wheelchair lock can be used to attach the wheelchair stably and securely.
Pneumatic (air-powered) boot door openers are ideal for those who find it difficult to open or close the boot or rear hatch. The opening/closing function is operated by a button or remote control. A pneumatic door opener has the benefit of allowing the boot door to be opened or closed manually, without increased resistance, by those with poor gripping ability or impaired mobility.
Remote control (control panel) for operating doors, hoist and ramp, etc. Ideal for those who find it difficult to keep a grip on a handle or lift a ramp, for example.
Electric gear selector. An electrical manoeuvring system for people who find it hard to change gear. Button-operated function enables automatic gear changes. The control box can be positioned to suit the user.