All power wheelchairs need to be cared for on a regular basis to keep the chair working safely.
Here are a few simple routines to follow to help ensure consistently reliable operation.
Important Power Wheelchair Maintenance Tasks
A clean, dry, fully charged and well-maintained power wheelchair is vital to problem-free mobility and helps to reduce the need for costly repairs.
Daily cleaning and weekly power wheelchair checks are important. In fact, they are so essential, that if the power chair user is unable to accomplish the following daily actions, a family member or other caregiver should perform the maintenance tasks instead.
Daily Maintenance Routine
- Make certain the seat belt latches securely. If it doesn't, or if there are rips or tears in the fabric, get a replacement belt.
- Test drive tires on the chair. Each drive tire should move and roll easily. Clear away anything that prevents the wheel from turning.
- Charge the batteries overnight, every night. Power wheelchair batteries should be charged to capacity each night in order to maintain maximum power and the longest battery life.
Important Maintenance Safety Note
Make certain the power wheelchair batteries are disconnected before checking or handling any movable parts. For additional instructions on safe maintenance routines, refer to your specific power wheelchair Owner's Manual.
In the event your power chair is not working correctly or your seat belt does not latch or stay latched, call us at 1-800-96-HOVER right away. Our Hoveround service technicians are able to provide any necessary maintenance assistance to help you stay mobile and remain independent.
This article is for informational purposes only.