HELIO A7 - EDITION - V 1.0 - USA
9
User
Manual
8.2.10 Moving with Assistance
Caregivers should read the “Caregiver” section of this manual.
1 - Going up a curb or step
• Place yourself behind the wheelchair.
• Go forward and tilt the wheelchair with the rear wheels by
making sure that the front casters do not touch the curb or
the step.
• Once the front wheels are elevated and you have passed the
obstacle, put them back on the ground and continue pushing
the wheelchair.
2 - Going down a curb or step
• Place yourself behind the wheelchair.
• Before reaching the edge of the curb
or step, change the direction of the
wheelchair by turning it around the
obstacle.
• Pull the wheelchair while going down the
curb or step.
• Pull the wheelchair until the rear wheels reach the edge of
the curb or step; the rear wheels must slowly touch the lower
level.
• Pull the wheelchair backward until the front wheels touch the
edge and then lower the front back to the ground.
• Return the wheelchair to its normal driving position.
8.2.11 Stairs
Use an elevator wherever possible.
Ask for help from two people to move the wheelchair up or
down stairs (the caregivers should read the “Caregiver” section
of this manual).
Fasten your seat belt when being lifted in the wheelchair.
Going up or down the stairs
Tilt the wheelchair back to its tipping point.
When going up, bring the wheelchair backwards until the rear
wheels touch the first step.
When going down, bring the wheelchair forward to the edge of
the stairway.
Pull up or lower the wheelchair to the next step: one assistant
should be behind you and the other in front of you.
Repeat the same movements for every step until you reach the
end of the stairway.
Lower the front of the wheelchair to the ground once the front
wheels are not touching the floor.
8.2.12 Escalators
Under no circumstances should this wheelchair be used on an
escalator, not even with the help of an attendant. This could
cause severe injuries.
9. How to use your HELIO A7
Fig. 2
9.1 Folding & Unfolding
9.1.1 Folding
• Rotate front riggings
forward until they lock.
• Flip up the footplates.
• Remove the seat cushion.
• Lift the handle on the seat
upholstery (Fig. 2).
• Pull the wheels towards
each other.
9.1.2 Unfolding
When unfolding the
wheelchair, be careful
not to put your fingers between the pivot links, or under
the seat rails. Always push or pull on the seat
upholstery. Make sure the wheelchair is fully opened
before transferring or sitting.
• Tilt the wheelchair towards you; make sure the opposite
wheels are off the ground.
• Push the edge of the seat upholstery towards you until it
closes properly.
• Press downwards on both seat rails in order to engage the
lock mechanism of the wheelchair. It is necessary to push
down on the middle of the seat rails to make sure that they
are correctly positioned in the seat rail supports. You will feel
a click between frame components.
9.2 Wheel Locks
Never use wheel locks to stop wheelchair movement.
WHEEL LOCKS ARE NOT BRAKES. Make sure the
surface is not slippery as the wheelchair could move
even though the wheel locks are engaged.
Ensure that brake locks imbed at least 1/8” (0.3 cm)
into the tire rubber when chair is in locked position.
Ensure the wheelchair is stable and locked with wheel locks.
• To engage the locks (Fig. 3),
push wheel lock handle forward
(for push-to-lock type) or pull
wheel lock backward (for pull-to-
lock type) until the lock is fully
engaged.
• To release the locks, pull wheel
lock handle backward (for
push-to-lock type) or push wheel
lock handle forward (for pull-to-
lock type) until the lock is fully
disengaged.
Fig. 3
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