TGA’s wheelchair powerpack proves a popular choice amongst healthcare professionals
Mobility equipment specialist TGA has said that occupational therapists visiting the OT Show expressed a particular interest in the moving and handling benefits of the TGA wheelchair Powerpack range.
TGA works closely alongside occupational therapists to ensure clients living with restricted mobility can remain independent.
At the recent OT Show, TGA showcased a selection of its award-winning range, including the ergonomic Strongback wheelchair, wheelchair Powerpacks, WHILL Model C Powerchair and transportable Zest Plus mobility scooter.
According to the company, TGA Product Specialists were busy throughout the show, discussing individual requirements with OTs and explaining why its client-centric, assessment-led services provide appropriate product provision.
However, TGA wheelchair Powerpacks proved the most popular with professional visitors as the range minimises the strain of pushing an attendant controlled wheelchair.
The four TGA Powerpacks provide powered propulsion and consist of a motor, wheel(s), battery pack and handle grip controls that are operated by a carer. Each powerpack is compatible with most wheelchair designs, including specialist tilt-in-space models, through a range of fitting brackets. The Solo, Duo, HD and PLUS models provide a choice in terms of power and traction.
In addition, TGA Powerpacks can fit under a wheelchair, so unhindered walking is possible for the carer. By fitting a Powerpack to an attendant controlled wheelchair, the risk of back and muscle injury is minimised, especially when negotiating uneven surfaces, slopes and kerbs.
All the TGA Powerpacks are compatible with the TGA Strongback wheelchair.
Eric Cooper, TGA Wheelchair Specialist, said: “Back injury prevention and safer moving and handling of people are top priorities in the care sector. This why our powerpacks are deemed by many OTs as an essential solution for all carers, relatives and friends who are required to push a wheelchair.
“As a manual wheelchair attendant you can experience musculoskeletal injury especially when attempting to tackle slopes, kerbs and uneven ground. This can result in mobility difficulties and sickness for carers which in turn affects the wheelchair users.
“By fitting a motorised powerpack to the underside of a wheelchair, carers need only steer and control direction without the need to strain or bend excessively. Combined with the reliability of our designs, refined over a period of 20 years, the TGA powerpack commonly represents a healthcare professional’s first choice for powered wheelchair propulsion.”