Hi–I’m hoping someone can give me some suggestions or point me in the right direction. I have a person in a wheelchair who would like to get some kind of office chair that they could transfer into rather than spend the whole day working from their wheelchair. There are tons of chairs out there but does anyone know of a good office type chair that has locking wheels. The concern is that the chair would move during the transfer process and the person would fall and get hurt.
Thanks for any help/advice.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Seattle District
I do not have any experience with castorless or locking wheel office chairs but my colleague has recently purchased an interesting workstation that contains the chair on a pedestal and has movable workstation components. It seems to me that this may satisfy your needs while allowing flexibility with the type of chair. My intention is not to endorse a particular product, as I am sure there are other examples out there, but merely to provide an example (http://www.microsphere.com).
Many of the better office chairs are really sets of components. They will have a variety of casters, bases, seats, arm rests, upholstery options, features, etc. to choose from. It is better to think of them in that respect, rather than as a complete ‘chair’, where these components have been selected by the manufacturer or vendor.
If you work with most upper end office furniture suppliers or ergonomics specialty dealers, they will be quite knowledgeable about the options available for the brands of chairs they sell, or can contact the manufacturers about special orders.
I encourage this, because someone who spends most of their time in a wheel chair probably has some special seating needs beyond just the casters. You would probably be better off choosing a chair that fits that individual’s needs and retrofitting the chair with aftermarket casters, if required, rather than than going the other way.
Some casters lock when weight is applied or released (think of the stools found in libraries), some lock individually, some lock as a set. It is also possible to fit some type of hand brake on certain types of casters (I recall one product many years ago designed as hand brakes for roller blades!).
If the wheels are the problem, why not provide glides instead? A chair with glides won’t move far on carpet. The chair would have to stay in one place but it could be rotated to the side while the diabled person is placed on it,
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