Many Ways My Wheelchair Backup Camera Helps Me

Last week, I received the Quantum® wheelchair backup camera.  I honestly didn’t know what to expect, but in the first few days of having it, I’m pleasantly surprised.  I don’t enjoy backing up my Quantum Rehab Wheelchair, but I’m finding now that I do it a lot because I officially have eyes in the back of my head! What’s your superpower?  

Safety and security are always on my mind, and even more so when I use my Stretto Power Wheelchair with iLevel®. Having the power wheelchair backup camera has given me peace of mind, saved my walls and other people’s toes!

I have a service dog that I use both at home and in public. With the backup camera, I can safely find his paws and not accidentally hurt him. I’m sure he appreciates that!  Dog toys are one good thing I can find with the power wheelchair backup camera, because Lambo hasn’t learned that his toys go in a box when he’s finished playing with them. 

Using the Wheelchair Backup Camera in an Elevator

Elevators are a great use for the wheelchair backup camera
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I took Lambo with me when I went to the store this afternoon to practice some skills. It was such a nice day. Using the Quantum camera, I was able to see the runner coming up behind me on the sidewalk and avoid a collision. I use the elevator in my building to reach my apartment, so I backed into the elevator using the camera and smoothly avoided walls and my fellow residents! Being in a pandemic doesn’t allow for getting out much, but the backup camera sure made a difference today.

Having a service dog allows me to get out of the house on numerous occasions. I enjoy the using the infrared capabilities because it allows me to see behind me at night. Living in a big city like St. Louis, it’s definitely an asset to see who is approaching me from behind.

Using My Backup Camera in the Kitchen

In my home, I use the wheelchair reverse camera a lot in my very tiny kitchen. I have to back up to get to the refrigerator, and I can’t tell you how many times I’ve almost hit tables because I couldn’t see behind me. I’ve also used it in my restroom near the toilet because there’s not much room in between the toilet and the shelf where I keep my bath towels. Prior to the camera, I would usually hit the shelf after using the bathroom. Not only embarrassing, but a little frustrating because I know better. Speaking of the restroom, I use the infrared capability during those midnight bathroom trips.

In the short time I’ve had it, I am finding that with the wheelchair backup camera on my Stretto Power Wheelchair, I’m much more aware of my surroundings. I am looking forward to post COVID-19 living so I can safely navigate stores and parking lots because I will always know what’s behind me!

About Alison Chancellor: Alison is a friend of Quantum. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, where she cheers on her beloved St. Louis Blues at hockey games. Click here to learn more about Alison. 

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