Weighing Yourself for Manual Wheelchair User

Wheelchair users all know that weighing oneself can be a difficult task. Especially if you’re paralyzed like myself. Theres a few options to getting weighed. One is with a hoyer lift equipped with a scale, or a hospital bed that has a scale. Most individuals weigh themselves with a roll-on scale, where one wheels oneself onto a scale large enough to accommodate your chair. You can usually find a roll-on scale at hospital’s or rehab clinic’s. To get an accurate weight measurement tho, you’ll  need to subtract the weight of your chair. To this I have a clever trick a friend taught me.

First you need to get out of your chair and have a scale handy. Using a regular home scale tip your manual chair forward up on its pedestal. Leave everything on the chair that you normally carry, ie cushion, bag, etc. Now you’ll have the exact weight to subtract from the total weight when you use a roll-on scale.

IMAG1492Sorry my picture came out blurry. I found out my Quickie GT Ultralight wheelchair that’s spec’d out at 20.5 lbs, actually weighed in at 33 lbs with everything on. So you’ll find out that you may weigh less than you thought! Aloha


About DamonBoiser

My name is Damon Boiser I'm an Extreme Athlete for Mogo Wheelchairs. In 2003 I was injured in a diving accident in Hawaii. I'm an SCI wheelchair user. I've never lost sight of the funnier side of life and always maintain an upbeat charge 'em attitude. I've found joy in surfing and swimming, as well as martial arts. I created the tournament division in the Karate in Hawaii and took gold. I've also discovered the exhilarating sport of skydiving and am completely hooked! I enjoy rappelling too. Anything extreme I'll give it a go! Drive and passion for life inspires us to continue to push our boundaries. Anything is possible.. Aloha

Posted on April 23, 2013, in Maintenance, Sports, Text and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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