Wheelchair Anti-Tippers Keep A Wheelchair From Falling Over Backwards!
I wish I’d found wheelchair anti-tippers when I was caring for Mom. There were many times when it was questionable if I should be tipping her backwards….and, she knew it!
If your loved one needs a wheelchair, you’ve probably done your homework in making sure it’s safe and comfortable.
While wheelchair sizes are prescribed based on a person’s height and weight, there are other things you can add to help make the wheelchair comfortable. For instance, if the support bar is uncomfortable, you can find cushions to attach to the back and seat areas.
Besides comfort, which is important regardless of how much time your loved one will be sitting in their wheelchair, safety is equally important.
All wheelchairs come with wheel locks which act as the wheelchair’s brakes. But, there’s another safety item for wheelchairs that I’d heard nothing about – that’s the wheelchair anti-tippers.
Most standard wheelchairs do not come with these anti-tipping devices, but you can find universal anti tippers or ones designed to work specifically with your chair. Installation is a breeze.
How Do Wheelchair Anti-Tippers Work?
Wheelchair rear anti-tippers prevent the wheelchair from flipping over backwards. If you’re pushing your loved one in a chair and need to go up small steps, you generally step on a bar near the back wheels to tilt the front wheels. If you’re unsteady yourself, this can be a tough task. If you push too hard and tilt the wheelchair too far back, you may not be able to support the person and the chair. Gravity takes over, and, boom, there goes Grandma!
The anti-tippers for the wheelchair prevent the chair from ever flipping backwards while still allowing you to tilt the chair when necessary.
Anti tippers come in a pair, one for each bar in the back of the chair. They’re very easy to install, as with most of them, you can take off the bar’s rubber back and slide the anti tipper bar right inside.
There’s two basic type of wheelchair anti-tippers:
- Wheeled anti-tippers: These work well when you’re going up small steps as the anti tipper wheels keep rolling as you tilt the chair.
- Rubber stopper anti-tippers: These anti-tippers come with the same type of rubber bottom as a walker might have. This type of anti-tipper will keep the chair steady when tipping it backwards on a slippery surface.
Anti-tippers for wheelchairs are very effective safety attachments that I wish were standard equipment on all wheelchairs.
Wheelchair Rear Anti-Tippers
Make sure you purchase the right type of anti-tippers for the wheelchair your elderly loved one uses. Some of these are universal but others are manufacturer specific.
Safe-T Mate Wheelchair Rear Anti Tippers by The Wright StuffWheelchair Rear Anti-Tippers for Freedom Chair-2 PairUniversal Fit Rear Anti-TippersInvacare Veranda Rear Anti-TippersNew Solutions AT403 2.75 x 5 x 10 in. Universal Rear Anti-Tipper Clamp On Rubber Tip for Wheelchair44; Set of 2Karman Anti Tippers for LT-980 Series Wheelchair, Black