Getting a wheelchair up a flight of stairs is not an easy task. But unfortunately, sometimes it can’t be avoided and should be tackled calmly and carefully.
If the person in the wheelchair is not at all able to walk up the stairs and there is no lift available, the only option to lift the chair up the stairs. This should be tackled by two people and the stronger helper person should go up the stairs first and backwards.
Here are the five steps to lifting a wheelchair up a flight of stairs.
- Back the wheelchair up to the flight of stairs with the helpers in place, the strongest person should be behind the wheelchair and the other helper in front.
- The rear helper stands resting with one foot on the step above ready to lift with the handles, check first to make sure the handle grips do not come off. The other helper stands in front of the wheelchair and holds onto its frame just above the front wheels. Do not hold onto any parts that are removable.
- Both helpers should tilt the wheelchair backwards to find the balance tilt point where the back wheels are on the ground.
- Together the helpers should lift and roll the wheelchair up onto the next step. After each step the helpers should steady themselves and find the balance point ready to go again for the next step.
- When you read the top step, keep the wheelchair tilted backwards until all wheels are safely cleared of the top step edge. Gently lower the wheelchair so that all four wheels are on the ground.
Here are the five actions to take to safely get a wheelchair down the stairs.
The stronger person should be behind the wheelchair and the other helper in front.
- Line the wheelchair up on the top step. The rear helper holds the handlebars – be sure that the handle bar grips will not come off, the other helper needs to stand in front of the wheelchair and hold the frame just about the front wheels. Again, do not attempt to hold any part of the wheelchair which is detachable.
- Both helpers should tilt the wheelchair backwards to find the balance point where only the back wheels are touching the ground.
- Gently roll the wheelchair down each step.
- The helpers should both steady themselves and check their positioning between each descent. The person in front of the wheelchair should take care not to get too close to the front of wheelchair to avoid getting hit in the facing when lowering down a step.
- When the chair is at the bottom of the stairs, the helpers should lower it on to all four wheels.