Narrow Wheelchairs for Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) occurs when a sudden trauma causes damage to the brain. It can result when the head suddenly and violently hits an object, or when an object pierces the skull and enters brain tissue. Symptoms of a traumatic brain injury can be mild or moderate, such as headache and lightheadedness, or severe, such as repeated vomiting or nausea, convulsions or seizures. The severity of symptoms depends on the extent of the damage to the brain.

Many with traumatic brain injury experience the loss of the ability to walk and position themselves, necessitating the use of a specialized electric wheelchair. Quantum’s complex rehab electric wheelchairs put an emphasis on mobility technologies specific toward the needs of those with traumatic brain injury. The Edge 3 Stretto™ narrow wheelchair is compatible with many power positioning, drive controls and power seating components.

Quantum Power Chairs offer technologies to increase the independence of those living with traumatic brain injury. Optional iLevel® power adjustable seat height is available on the Edge 3 Stretto and allows a user to operate the power chair at seated or standing height. The wheelchair user can elevate 12 inches while driving at 3.5 mph.

iLevel’s Extra Stability Technology® greatly improves daily functionality and quality of life for TBI patients, enabling them to complete Mobility Related Activities of Daily Living (MRADLs), such as reaching, grooming, cooking, toileting and transferring. The Edge 3 Stretto narrow wheelchair also comes standard with safety features, such as the LED front and rear fender lights. LED lights give you or your loved one increased visibility in low lighted areas so they can be safely seen while crossing streets or parking lots.

Wheelchair users with TBI may benefit from Q-Logic 3 Advanced Drive Controls, an adaptable, expandable controller system that maximizes user independence. Bluetooth® is standard on Quantum’s Q-Logic 3 electronics, so those with traumatic brain injury can operate much of their environment with the power chair drive control, itself. Learn more about Q-Logic 3’s features.

An individual living with a traumatic brain injury may need power positioning on his or her narrow wheelchair to help maintain proper comfort, skin integrity, positioning and function. TRU-Balance® 3 Power Positioning Systems on narrow electric wheelchairs offer a wide range of options when it comes to adjusting the positioning of the seating, including power tilt, power recline, power tilt and recline, power articulating leg rests, power articulating foot platform and iLevel. TRU-Balance 3 provides an appealing look and feel and maximizes functional independence.

TBI patients may benefit from Stealth Products® wheelchair cushions. Each narrow wheelchair cushion offers a different function, such as general use and skin protection and positioning. Learn more about our narrow wheelchair cushions.

If you are looking to purchase a narrow wheelchair, check out our article on how to buy a narrow wheelchair.

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