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    Correct way to carry wheelchair bound person downstairs?

    I can never remember which way I'm suppose to face and they folks are getting ready to carry me downstairs...

    I thought it was in one of the PVA publications--looking now...
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    If you're in your chair you would normally be facing down the stairs - good luck, I hate it and close my eyes!

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    I hate it too. Elevator is out again...
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    I hate remembering that i can't get down a f* stairway but besieds that i pass my arms around their necks and start cheering and yelling them like in a Dragon boat
    It either works or works with some laughs.

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    I go up & down the same way..facing down.
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    I go up & down the same way..facing down.
    X2 on that!
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    I have been taught to be backwards down, big wheels first, they always do that here, even in rehab when it is necessary. We learn to do it that way if we are alone too and on esculators.
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    Quote Originally Posted by woman from Europe View Post
    I have been taught to be backwards down, big wheels first, they always do that here, even in rehab when it is necessary. We learn to do it that way if we are alone too and on esculators.
    We also do it that way but I haven't tried riding up and down the escalators, only elevators. Isn't it dangerous?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gurly2356 View Post
    I go up & down the same way..facing down.
    Hell yeah...All the time or just when your feeling a little dirty, lmao. JK...couldn't pass on that one.
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    Like others have said, go forward down. Make sure they tip your chair backwards so your front wheels are up, and they "bump" you down. You shouldn't be literally facing down the stairs since you are tipped back, and shouldn't feel like you're falling out either. Have someone spot you in front if you are worried.

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