HOW IT WORKS

Images are shown of Safer Locks installed on a wheelchair with upholstery removed to clearly show operation.  

Never sit into or use a wheelchair without the seat and/or back installed!

Safer Locks are 100% bolt-on; meaning no drilling is required and can easily be removed if needed.

 

The Safer Automatic Wheelchair Lock automatically locks the wheelchair wheels when a person's weight is lifted from the seat of the chair. So, by default, both wheels are locked until the time that weight is applied by the user.

 

This is how we are able to ensure that each and every time the wheelchair is unoccupied the wheels will be locked until the time that the user has safely transferred into the wheelchair.

 

As seen to the right; anytime the user is not in the seat, spring tension paddles mounted on both sides of the chair move upward, allowing the wheel lock pin to engage into one of sixteen holes drilled into our wheel hubs, instantly locking the wheels from moving in either direction. (Positive Locking)

 

Safer Automatic Wheelchair Locks Engaged
Safer Automatic Wheelchair Locks Disengaged

The moment a safe transfer takes place and the user is sitting back into the seat of the wheelchair, the weight of their body depresses both paddles. This disengages the wheel lock pin from both wheel hubs as seen to the left, allowing the wheelchair to roll as it normally would.

 

By design, Safer Locks make unoccupied wheelchairs immobile at all times; which created a secondary problem to figure out: How to roll the wheelchair when it is not in use.

 

To solve this issue, overrides were added to the handles on the wheelchair allowing caregivers a simple way to disengage the locks and easily roll an empty chair.

 

The wheelchair also retains all normal operation, including the ability to continue folding the chair while using Safer Locks.

HIGH-QUALITY MATERIALS & MADE IN THE U.S.A.

The material used in Safer Automatic Wheelchair Locks was developed by one of America's top corporations, DuPont.

The plastic material used in the locks include Zytel nylon, a component that is strong, durable, and slides easily against itself and metal without lubrication. Even when exposed to water, Zytel will never corrode.

 

All hardware is stainless steel and zinc, allowing Safer Locks to be washed using any cleaning method without the risk of rust or corrosion.

 

Images below show the fit, craftsmanship, and quality materials of every Safer Automatic Wheelchair Lock Kit that we build.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

  • Automatic Operation is ideal for all wheelchair users, especially those suffering from cognitive disorders

  • Wheels are always locked when sitting into or standing from the chair

  • An empty wheelchair is always a locked wheelchair

  • The wheelchair continues to roll backwards as normal while the user is seated in the chair 

  • POSITIVE LOCKING: When engaged, wheels are locked from rolling backward AND forward

  • The wheelchair continues to fold

  • Wheelchair retains all normal operation

  • Override handles allow the wheelchair to be rolled as normal when empty

  • No additional maintenance or servicing required

  • Wheelchairs are available with Safer Locks, or as ready to install kits onto existing chairs 

 

WHY USE SAFER LOCKS?

If manual wheel locks are not used when a person attempts to sit into or stand from a wheelchair- They Fall.

 

The majority of falls and injuries from wheelchairs can easily be prevented just by using Safer Locks.

 

Wheelchair falls most commonly occur due to one of the following:

 

  • The wheelchair user or caregiver forgets to engage the manual wheel locks

  • The wheelchair user is unable to fully secure the manual locks on their own

  • The manual wheel locks are not adjusted correctly and will not properly lock the wheels

 

Each scenario can cause the wheelchair to roll away from the user while transferring to and from the wheelchair; resulting in falls and injuries to the user which could have simply been avoided.

 

Our mission has always been to eliminate unnecessary injuries as well as the long-term effects to individuals once a fall occurs.

 

  • About 1/3 of the elder population over the age of 65 will fall each year, and the risk of falls increases proportionately with age. By age 80, more than half of seniors fall annually

  • Those who fall are two to three times more likely to fall again

  • Falls account for 25% of all hospital admissions, and 40% of all nursing home admissions. 40% of those admitted never return to living independently

  • 1/3 of seniors have a fear of falling

  • Falls have a detrimental impact on health and overall well-being. Close to half of seniors report that fear of another fall results in loss of confidence and their own restriction of activities

 

Safer Locks will give wheelchair users, caregivers, and their loved ones, the peace of mind in knowing that the wheelchair will always be locked in place each and every time that transfers take place.

 

IDEAL FALL PROTECTION FOR USE IN THE HOME, ASSISTED LIVING, MEMORY CARE, AND NURSING FACILITIES, HOSPITALS, AND BUSINESSES.

 

 

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