User Manual
Invacare Blade +
R
User Guide
Introduction
Thank you for choosing a Blade + manual wheelchair- we are certain that you
will be delighted with it. Just to make doubly sure you really gain the full
benefits from your remarkable new INVACARE wheelchair and to ensure
many years of trouble free performance, this manual gives you essential
information concerning Safety, Handling and Operation, together with some
helpful tips. Please read it carefully before trying out your new Blade +, so
that you may truly enjoy your new independence.
We recommend to have your wheelchair inspected and serviced by an
authorised INVACARE dealer at least once a year. It is in your best interests,
not only to ensure your personal safety, but also the continued high
performance and long service life of your chair.
Whenever you need special advice and assistance, or if there is any problem
with your chair, do not hesitate to contact the local INVACARE dealer. He is
just a phone call away and has all the equipment and knowhow required to
provide you with expert professional service.
Note for wheelchair users
INVACARE provides a wide range of wheelchairs to meet the requirements
of users. However, the decision on the type of model to be prescribed rests
exclusively with qualified advisors.
INVACARE or its appointed representative shall not be held responsible if a
wheelchair is used that is unsuitable for the user s level of disability, if the
wheelchair itself is incorrectly used or if a problem arises due to poor
maintenance.
The information set out in this manual may be modified without prior notice.
This manual contains copyright information. All rights are reserved. No part
of this document may be photocopied or reproduced without prior written
agreement from INVACARE or its appointed representative.
This manual gives details of all the options of the Blade + range
of wheelchairs. It describes the options, operation and
adjustments that may be required. However, your INVACARE
retailer will be able to give you further information and
demonstrations.
SAFETY NOTICE
PLEASE ENSURE THE WHEELCHAIR IS
FULLY OPENED AND THE SEAT RAILS ARE
LOCATED IN THE SEAT SADDLES BEFORE SITTING DOWN
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Table of contents
Page
Note for wheelchair users. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
Table of contents. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
1. Safety and operating limits . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
1.1
Weight limit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
1.2
Reaching for an object from a wheelchair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
1.3
Transferring to other seats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
1.4
Tilting the wheelchair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
1.5
Kerbs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
1.6
Stairs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
1.7
Upward and downward slopes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
2. Use. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
2.1
Folding and unfolding the wheelchair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
2.2
Propelling the wheelchair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
3. Summary of safety instructions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
4. General description . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
5. Backrests. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
6. Seat . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
7. The various types of armrest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
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Table of contents cont.
8. Folding chassis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
9. Rear wheels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .19
10. Castors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
11. Brakes
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .21
12. Footrests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22
13. Backrest Extension . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .23
14. Rear Anti-tippers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
15. Transit kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .24
16. Safety belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
17. Spoke guards . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
18. Tipping Lever . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .25
19. Adjusting Recliner Backrests . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
20. Hub Brakes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .26
21. Routine Checks and Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .27
22. Transport . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .28
23. Warranty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
24. Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
25. Cleaning . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .30
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1 - Safety and operating limits
Stability and equilibrium
To ensure that the wheelchair remains stable and is manipulated correctly, you
must always maintain good equilibrium. Many actions cause the user of a
wheelchair to reach out, lean over or move about within the wheelchair and
outside it. These actions will change your centre of gravity and weight
distribution of the wheelchair.
Your wheelchair has been designed to remain stable for normal everyday use
if it is used correctly taking the precautions recommended in this manual.
1.1 - Weight limit
The maximum user weight limit for the Blade + is 89kg.
This weight includes accessories such as a compact oxygen cylinder or other
equipment required by the user.
However, the wheelchair users’ degree of activity is important. For example,
an active user weighing 75kg may subject the wheelchair to more stress than
a user weighing 115kg. We recommend very active wheelchair users to
choose an appropriate design of wheelchair. Your INVACARE approved
distributor will advise you on the best model.
1.2 - Reaching for an object from a wheelchair
The limitations on reaching out from
a wheelchair shown in figure 1 have
been
produced
using
a
representative
sample
of
wheelchair users.
Only the arms should extend
beyond the seat of the wheelchair.
For safety reasons, the body and
head should remain within the
wheelbase.
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1
2
Position the castors to give the longest
possible wheel-base. (Figure 2)
Lock the manual brakes on the rear wheels.
Leaning forwards
(Figures 3, 4 and 5)
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Move the wheelchair as close as
possible to the object you wish to reach.
Only reach out to take what is within
arms length in normal sitting position.
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5
5
Leaning backwards
(Figures 6 and 7)
Move the wheelchair as close as possible to the object you wish to reach.
Only lean back for objects that are within arms length in normal sitting
position.
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7
Leaning to one side
(Figure 8)
This is the most dangerous manoeuvre as it is
easy to tip sideways.
To move up to the object and lean over, you must
use the castors as a means of keeping the
wheelchair stable and balanced. (Figure 2)
For your safety, it is essential to be in the
correct position.
Do not try to pick something up from the floor if
this would upset your balance.
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1.3 - Transferring to other
seats
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It is possible to move from and to a
manually propelled chair if the
following guidelines are followed.
INVACARE does not recommend
any
particular
method
for
transferring:
this
is
the
responsibility of a medical advisor
who should consider your level of
disability and type of wheelchair.
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When transferring, either to get out of
or return to your wheelchair, make
sure:
- That the gap between the two seats is
as small as possible. (Figures 9 and
10)
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- That the manual brakes on the rear
wheels are on to prevent the wheels
moving. (Figure 11)
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Turn both castors towards the seat to
which you wish to move. Lift up the
footplates.
Do not stand on the footplates.
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If possible, fold back the footrest
supports to the side to clear the way.
(Figure 13)
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If possible, remove the armrests on
the side between the wheelchair
and the other seat. (Figure 14)
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NB
Never stand up on the footplates.
(Figure 15)
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1.4 - Tilting (balancing on the rear wheels)
Tilting without help from a third person
Wheelchairs in the INVACARE range have been designed for use by
those who have mastered the technique of balancing on the rear wheels
without help from a third person. However, you should never exceed the
limitations of the wheelchair. Repeated shock on the castors caused by
tipping the wheelchair up yourself may affect the rigidity or settings of
your wheelchair. If your wheelchair is fitted with accessories, these may
affect the methods used for balancing on the rear wheels.
When you wish to learn a new technique, consult an experienced person
for advice in using your type of wheelchair.
Tilting with assistance from a third person
The user should be sitting correctly and firmly in the chair or if unable to
support themselves, should be strapped in position to prevent him/her
falling out of the chair.
If a wheelchair user needs assistance in tilting the chair, the assistant must
know how to use their body correctly. Keep your back straight and bend at
the knee to tilt the wheelchair. Never exert too much force. The medical
team in charge of the user will advise you in the methods best suited to
your morphology. The INVACARE approved distributor will provide you with
information on the risks of using the wheelchair incorrectly if the wheelchair
has removable parts such as armrests or leg rests. These must NEVER be
used as aids when lifting as they may inadvertently become detached
and cause injury.
To tilt the wheelchair (Figure 16), a third
person should grip the handles firmly.
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Warn the user of the wheelchair before
tilting it and remind him/her to lean
backwards. Check that the user’s feet
and hands are clear of all the wheels.
Place a foot on the foot step tube and
push smoothly until the wheelchair is at
the point of equilibrium.
At this stage, the helper will feel a
difference in weight distribution which
usually occurs at an angle of about 30°.
Turn the wheelchair in the direction
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Lower the front of the wheelchair smoothly, holding the handles firmly. Use
your weight on the foot step tube to act as a counterweight. Do not lower the
wheelchair suddenly down the last few centimetres before returning to the
normal position as this may hurt the user.
1.5 - Kerbs or obstacles 30 to 50mm high
Method 1 - Negotiating the obstacle forwards
(Figure 17)
The helper should tilt the wheelchair
until the castors have passed over
the kerb. Move the wheelchair
forwards and lower the castors
gently onto the pavement. Push the
wheelchair until the rear wheels
touch the kerb. Lift and push until the
rear wheels have mounted the kerb.
Do not lift by the handles on the
backrest.
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Method 2
(Figure 18)
The helper should stand on the
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pavement and turn the wheelchair until
the rear wheels are against the kerb.
Tilt the wheelchair backwards to the
point of equilibrium and, in a
continuous movement, pull the
wheelchair until the rear wheels mount
the kerb and pass onto the pavement.
Do not lower the castors to the ground
until you have pulled the backrest of
the wheelchair sufficiently far to clear the kerb.
NB: Folding backs should always be checked to ensure they are
engaged.
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1.6 - Steps, stairs or obstacles over 50 mm high
We recommend that you take very great care when taking a wheelchair up
or down stairs. Two people are required for this.
ADVICE TO THIRD PERSONS
Make sure that you get hold of
fixed, non-removable parts only.
Use the following procedure for
going up stairs: (Figure 19)
Tilt the wheelchair to its point of
equilibrium. One helper (at the
back) holds the wheelchair up
against the first step, gripping the
handles firmly to lift.
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The second helper, holding firmly a fixed part of the front frame, lifts
the wheelchair above the stairs and holds it while the first helper
places one foot on the following step and repeats the operation.
The wheelchair must not be lowered until the last step has been
negotiated and until the chair is clear of the stairs.
Escalators
Do not use an escalator when moving a wheelchair from one floor to another.
This might cause serious injury.
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1.7 - Upward and downward slopes (operating limits)
Do not attempt to go up or down
slopes greater than 9% without
assistance. (Figure 20)
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Always go straight up and down
slopes otherwise the wheelchair
might overturn. (Figure 21)
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Upward slopes
Lean the upper part of the body
forward and push the chair forward with
short quick thrusts on the handrims to
maintain speed and control direction. If
you wish to take a rest, apply both
brakes when stopping. (Figure 22)
NB: The use of Anti Tippers is
recommended in traversing upward
slopes.
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22
Downward slopes
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Lean backwards carefully and allow the
handrims to slide through your hands.
Be ready to react at any moment to
check the speed and direction by
keeping in close contact with the
handrims. The manual brakes should
not be used to slow you down. (Figure
23)
If you are going up or down a slope
avoid turning sharply and never try to
go up or down diagonally.
2-Use
2.1 - Folding and unfolding the wheelchair
Wheelchair with fabric upholstery.
To fold
Lift the footplates.
Release the backrest tensioner if necessary.
Using both hands, take the centre of the seat fabric at the front and back
edges and raise it. (Figure 24)
Or, tilt the wheelchair to one side and close it using the handles on the back
rest or the armrests. (Figure 25)
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25
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To unfold
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(Figure 26)
Unfold the wheelchair by taking hold
of the armrest or the side of the chair
nearest to you, tip the chair sideways
(lifting the rear wheel and the castor
from the ground) and press on the
tube supporting the seat upholstery
until it is fully down. The seat
upholstery should be fully open.
NB
To avoid injury, keep hands and fingers away from moving parts
(armrests, folding frame, footrest supports or leg rests, etc).
2.2 - Propelling the wheelchair
The wheels of your wheelchair are fitted with handrims (Figure 27)
and qualified personnel will be able to advise you on the most
appropriate way of propelling yourself.
Various accessories may be fitted to improve the grip (plastic coatings,
studs).
Lean the upper part of the body forward and push the chair forward
with short quick thrusts on the
handrims to maintain speed and
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control direction.
Be ready to react at any moment to
check the speed and direction by
keeping in close contact with the
hand-rims.
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3 - Summary of instructions for improved
safety
- Do not try to reach objects if you have to move forward on the seat.
- Do not try to reach objects on the ground if you have to lean down beyond
the safety limits.
- Do not lean too far back to reach objects behind you: you may tip over.
- Do not move your weight, or your sitting position in the direction in which
you wish to go: you may tip over.
- Always apply both manual brakes before trying to get out of or back into the
wheelchair.
- The manual brakes are not designed for slowing you down.
- Do not try to stop a moving wheelchair using the manual brakes.
- Do not tilt the wheelchair without assistance from a third person when
negotiating obstacles more than 30 mm high.
- Do not use an escalator for moving a wheelchair from one floor to another
(this may cause serious injury).
- Do not use your wheelchair if the tyres are not inflated to the correct
pressure shown on the side.
- Do not over-inflate the tyres. Failure to comply with these instructions may
cause the tyre to burst and cause bodily injury.
- Carry out the regular checks recommended in this guide and by your
INVACARE approved retailer.
- Use your wheelchair with respect for other people.
- Do not use your wheelchair as a transport seat in a vehicle. Unless it is not
practical for the user to be transferred (Refer to section 23 - Transport).
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4 - Description
Each wheelchair is specially designed to meet the requirements
of its user. This manual describes how to adjust the chairs in this
range, enabling you to find out how to adjust the wheelchair to
suit your needs.
General description
Your wheelchair has a number of main parts which will be
mentioned throughout this manual. These parts are described
below.
Support is provided by the backrest, seat and armrests.
The folding chassis comprises of the side frames and folding
cross brace.
This is the essential supporting framework of the wheelchair on
which all the other parts are mounted.
The rear wheel comprises of the wheel, axle and handrim.
The rear wheels provide contact with the ground and are driven by
turning the handrims.
The front castors comprise of the fork and wheels.
The front wheels provide contact with the ground and the rotating
forks steer the chair.
Manual brake
The manual brake is used to park the wheelchair.
Swing away footrest support and leg rest
These are connected to the chassis and can be swung away to make
transfer easier to and from the wheelchair.
The footplate assembly comprises of the adjustable tube and foot
plate. These support your feet.
The heel support strap or calf support strap
These two straps support your feet or legs in the best position.
These parts are illustrated on the following diagram.
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Backrest
Armrest
Seat
Footplate
Rear
Wheel
Swingaway
Footrest
Support
Front
Castor
Manual
Brake
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5 - Backrest
Photographs 1 and 2
The backrest can be folded at the middle by means of a locking
mechanism and can be operated by either the user or an
attendant.
- Use:
To
fold
the
2
1
backrest, pull both
black plastic locking
levers (A) downwards
and fold the top part of
the backrest to the back
and then down. Carry
A
out these operations in
the reverse order to return the backrest to its normal position,
making sure that the locking mechanisms (A) are secure.
6 - Seat
Photograph 3
- Your seat upholstery is screwed onto the seat tubes of the folding
cross brace.
- Adjustment:
This
model
requires
no
adjustment. Just check regularly that the
screws (A) are tight. If the washers (B) are
loose, these screws should be tightened. If the
problem continues, contact your INVACARE
retailer and ask him to change the mounting for
safety reasons.
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A
B
Seat cushion
The seat cushion is placed on the upholstery and must be removed
when folding the chair.
7 - Removable, swing-away adjustable height armrest
Photograph 4
The armrests can be removed for easier storage and allow sideways
transfer from the chair. They can also be adjusted in height to suit
the individuals preference.
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To adjust the height, the armrest lever is
lifted up which allows the armrest to slide
up and down, within the armrest block.
When the desired height has been
achieved, lower the armrest lever and
push down/pull up the armrest until the
armrest drops into place.
To make sure that this has happened try to
pull up/push down the armrest, if it is
located the armrest should be “locked in”,
and the lever should be in its down
position.
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Notches
Armrest
Armrest Lever
Armrest Block
PUSH
8 - Chassis
Side Frames
- The side frames provide the mounting points for the rear wheels
and the castors.
- Adjustment: No adjustment is possible on this series of wheelchair.
Folding cross brace
- The folding cross brace has two members which enable the
wheelchair to be folded.
- Adjustment: No adjustment is required. To fold or unfold your
wheelchair, refer to this user and safety manual.
9 - Rear wheels
Photograph 5
Wheels
- The rear wheels are positioned on rear wheel mounting blocks which
determine the rearward stability. This position should only be
adjusted by a qualified technician on the advise of a qualified
advisor.
The rear wheels have a diameter of either 315mm, 500mm, or
550mm. They are equipped with spokes and handrims. They can have
pneumatic tyres or solid tyres and can be connected to the side frame
by means of a fixed axle or a quick release axle.
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Tyre pressure
5
The pressure is shown on the tyre and must
never be exceeded. Remember that the tyre
pressure on both wheels should be the same
to ensure perfect steering.
In case of a puncture, the tyre has to be
removed from the rim. Press the valve to let all
the remaining air out of the inner tube. Pull the tyre off the rim.
Repair or replace the inner tube. Put the tyre back on the rim. Inflate
the tyre to the required pressure.
- NB: It may be necessary to use one or two tyre removal tools (not
supplied).
Handrims
- The handrims are used by the user to drive the wheelchair.
- NB: As the handrims are in contact with your hands, make sure that
they are not damaged and that the surface has no parts which might
cause injury to the hands.
- Adjustment: No adjustment is required for the handrims.
Axles
Photographs 6 and 7
- The axles link the back wheels to the chassis. They are fixed
or quick releasing.
- Quick release wheels
Removal: Push on the quick release
button head with your finger and pull
the wheel towards the outside of the
chair.
- Assembly:
button head
axle though
secured (no
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Push on the quick release
with your finger and locate
the axle bush, making sure that the axles are
axial movement).
- Fixed wheels
No adjusment is required, however,
check on a weekly basis that the axle /
nut are secure.
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10 - Castors
Front wheels
- The front wheels have a diameter of 125mm.
Available in solid puncture-proof tyres only.
No adjustment is necessary for the front
wheels.
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Forks
Photograph 8
- The fork connects the chassis and the wheel.
- Adjustment: The forks do not require
adjustment. Check that the fork rotates freely.
11 - Manual brakes
Photograph 9
Brakes
- The manual brakes are used to immobilise
the wheelchair in a stationary position. They
are not intended for slowing down and
should not be used when the wheelchair is
moving. They should be applied together.
A
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- Use: The brakes are operated by moving the
brake handle (A) towards the front of the wheelchair. When the
brakes are applied, the wheelchair should resist movement.
- Adjustment: It may be necessary to adjust the brakes after repairing
a puncture or because of wear on the pneumatic or solid tyre.
Slacken clamp screws and adjust the brake assembly to achieve
adequate braking. Tighten the clamp screws firmly after adjustment.
NB: The brakes are fitted in pairs to the wheelchair. When adjusting or
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removing, remember that there is one brake for the right hand side and
another for the left hand side.
Brake extension
- The brakes may be equipped with a handle extension to assist
attendants/user who have insufficient strength or difficulty in
reaching the standard brake handles.
12 - Footrest
Photograph 10 and 11
Swing away footrest supports
The footrest supports can be swung away to
the outside/rear of the chair to free the front of
the wheelchair making it easier for the user to
transfer to another seat. They can also be
removed.
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- Use: To swing the support to the outside,
press the release mechanism lever. Rotate
the support carefully to the outside of the
wheelchair.
To return the support, repeat the operations
in the reverse order. Check that the release
mechanism has automatically locked.
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To remove the support, swing the assembly
away from the chair, release the spring
mechanism and lift the support away from the chair.
- Adjustment: Loosen the two screws, adjust to the required height and
re-tighten screws.
NB: The footrest supports are fitted in pairs to the wheelchair. When
adjusting or removing, remember that there is one support for the
right hand side and another for the left hand side.
Footplate Assemblies
Photograph 12
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Independent footplates for footrest supports
- The footplate assemblies comprise of an adjustment tube and
footplate and are intended solely as a foot support when you are
sitting in the wheelchair and should not be used
for standing. Each footplate assembly can be
adjusted in height. The footplates can be pivoted
to an upright position to aid front transfers.
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- Adjusting the footrests on the supports: Release
the nut, position the footplate assembly at the
required height in the footrest support tube,
tighten the nut to secure.
13 - Backrest Extension
Photograph 13
The backrest extension has two uprights (B) and a backrest extension
upholstery. The locating pegs should only be fitted to the push handles of the
backrest by a qualified technician.
When refitting, make sure that it is firmly fixed onto the locations fitted to the
backrest tubes. Raise the head rest assembly to
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remove it from the tubes of the recliner backrest.
- Adjustment: No adjustment is required for this
extension. However, it can be removed for
transport.
FITTING INSTRUCTIONS BACKREST
EXTENSION FOR VEHICLE TRANSPORT
B
When transporting the chair the backrest extension must be secured
to the push handles.
Using a M5 x 30mm Hex Hd screw and location ring (See photo
below)
Slide the location ring inside the slot on the extension tube, and then
feed the Hex Hd screw through the tube and location ring and firmly
secure to the push handle.
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14 - Rear Anti-tippers
Photograph 14
The anti-tippers help prevent you from tipping over when the rear
wheels are incorrectly positioned, or when
the user or attendant mishandles the
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A
wheelchair.
- Use: The anti-tippers fit into the rear tubes
of the side frames (A). Fit the anti-tippers
into the side frame rear tube, until the
button springs are positioned in the holes of
the rear tube (A). Carry out these
A
operations in the reverse order to remove.
You can leave the anti-tip castors on the
wheelchair even if you do not wish to use them. Just depress the
button spring and rotate the entire anti-tipper unit a half turn
(180°). DO NOT twist or turn the Anti-Tipper when withdrawing it
from the frame.
NB: The anti-tippers are not to be used as tipping levers.
15 - Transit kit
Photographs 15 and 16
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The transit kit includes a manual brake for operation
by an attendant.
NB: This brake is different to the self propelled
version.
Also included is a choice of either pneumatic or solid
tyred wheels.
- Adjustment: It may be necessary to adjust the
brakes after repairing a puncture or because of
wear on the pneumatic or solid tyre. Slacken
clamp screws (B) and adjust the brake
assembly to achieve adequate braking.
Tighten the clamp screws (B) firmly after
adjustment.
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B
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The pressure of the pneumatic tyres should be checked before use of the
wheelchair. The pressure is shown on the tyre and must never be exceeded.
In case of a puncture, the tyre may have to be removed from the rim. Press
the valve to let all the remaining air out of the inner tube. Remove the tyre off
the rim. Repair or replace the inner tube. Put the tyre back on the rim. Inflate
the tyre to the required pressure.
NB: It may be necessary to use one or two tyre removal tools (not
supplied). The tyre pressure on both wheels should be the same.
16 - Safety Belt
The strap can be adjusted by the user with a buckle system.
A qualified advisor must show you how to position the strap according to your
needs.
17 - Spoke guards
The spoke guards must be assembled by a qualified technician.
The spoke guards do not require any adjustment.
18 - Tipping Levers
Photograph 17
The tipping lever can only be used by an
attendant and it is designed to assist tipping
the chair rearwards when obstacles are
encountered, such as pathway or kerbs.
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A
The tipping lever tubes are fixed into the rear
tubes of both side frames (A).
B
Fit the tipping lever into the side frame rear
tube, until the button springs (B) are positioned in the holes of the
rear tube (A).
- Use: The attendant, whilst pulling the wheelchair push handles must
press on the tipping levers with either foot, in order to raise the front of
the wheelchair to the required height.
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19 - Adjusting Recliner Backrests
Gas Spring Type
CAUTION: It is recommended that this operation be performed only by the
attendant. Always make sure that the backrest is locked in place to ensure
perfect safety for the user. Keep fingers away from moving parts (levers,
cylinders, mechanisms, etc.) to prevent injuries!
1. Grip the push handles with both handles
2. Pull the triggers and raise or lower the back to the desired position,
supporting the backrest by means of the push handles at all times during
adjustment. Release triggers
20 - Hub Brakes
Besides the functions provided by manual brakes, the optional hub brakes
provide slow down (for example, on a slope) and improve safety because
they are still efficient when you have a flat tyre!
To slow down gradually pull the lever upwards. To lock the brake in parking
position, with the lever tightened, push the lock to engage it in the notches of
the brake handle;then pull the lock up to unlock. To adjust braking:turn the
screw counterclockwise to increase braking force and turn clockwise to
reduce it.
The specific adjustments of hub brakes must always be performed by
your Dealer.
Always operate the two brakes simultaneously and do not take slopes
exceeding 5% to ensure perfect control of the wheelchair steering!
Always mount the hub brake attachment in backward position
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21 - Routine checks and maintenance
Checking performance
As a user, you are the first to notice that your wheelchair is not operating
properly. The following table shows some readily identified symptoms and
gives the preliminary checks to be carried out. As a general rule, the parts
subject to wear should be monitored and changed most often: tyres on the
rear wheels, front castor wheels, brake pads, upholstery.
The wheelchair The wheelchair The wheelchair
drags
drags
turns or
to the right
to the left
moves slowly
X
X
X
X
X
Creaks
and
clicking
Play
in the
chair
X
X
X
The
castors
wobble
Checks
Check that the
tyre pressure
is correct and even
X
X
X
X
Check that nuts, bolts
and screws are tight
Check that the angle
of the front forks is correct
X
Check that the castors
are both in contact with
ground at the same time
If the symptoms persist when the tyre pressure has been corrected and
the nuts, bolts and screws have been tightened, consult your approved
INVACARE distributor.
Checking the general condition
For maintenance operations, consult your distributor who has all the
necessary information.
Twice a year, ask your distributor to inspect your wheelchair thoroughly
and carry out in depth maintenance. Regular maintenance allows
defective or worn parts to be identified and improves the normal operation
of your wheelchair.
The following table shows what to check when the wheelchair is
delivered, each week, each month and at 6 monthly intervals.
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X
6 Monthly Service
. . . . . . .X
. . . . . . .X
Monthly inspection/adjustment
Weekly inspection/adjustment
1. General
The wheelchair unfolds and folds easily . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The wheelchair moves in a straight line (no resistance or drag) . . . . . . . . . . . .
2. Manual brakes
The manual brakes do not touch the tyres when moving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The manual brakes are easy to operate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
The articulations are not worn and do not show signs of play . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
3. Cross bars
Examine them to check that they are not worn or bent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
4. Clothing protectors / armrest upholstery
Check that all fixings are in position and tightened . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
5. Armrests
Firmly attached but easy to remove . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
6. Arm pads
Check that the padding is in good condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
7. Seat and backrest upholstery
Check that it is in good condition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
8. 22" and 24" wheels
Wheel nut and sealed bearings correctly tightened . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
No excessive lateral movement or binding when they are lifted from the ground
and turned, quick release axles correctly locked . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
9. Handrims
Check for rough patches . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
10. Spokes
Inspect the spokes in case any are bent, broken or slack . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
11. 6" or 8" castors
Check the axle to ensure that it is correctly tightened, by turning the castor
The castor should stop gradually . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
12. Fork / Fork tube
Check that all the fittings are in place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
13. Pneumatic and solid tyres
If the wheelchair has pneumatic tyres, check that they are correctly inflated
(the pressure is shown on the sidewall) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
If the wheelchair has solid tyres, check the running surface . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
On delivery
Checks to be made
X
. . . . . . .X
. . . . . . .X
. . . . . . .X
X
X
X
. . . . . . .X
X
. . . . . . .X
X
. . . . . . .X
X
. . . . . . .X
. . . . . . .X
X
X
. . . . . . .X
X X
. . . . . . .X
X
. . . . . . .X
X
. . . . . . .X
X
. . . . . . .X
X
. . . . . . .X
X
. . . . . . .X
. . . . . . .X
X
X
22 - Transport
Invacare always advises that a wheelchair secured in a vehicle will not provide
the equivalent level of safety and security of vehicle seating systems and
recommends transfer to the vehicle seating, but also recognises that it is not
always practical for the user to be transferred.
In those cases where it is considered that the user must be transported whilst
within the wheelchair, then the following advice should be followed.
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1. Seek confirmation from the Transporter that the vehicle is suitably
designed and equipped to transport a passenger seated in a wheelchair.
NB: The wheelchair user safety during transportation largely depends
upon the diligence of the person securing the tie downs and passenger
restraints.
2. Any part of the wheelchair (accessories etc.) that can be easily detached
should be removed and stored in the vehicle luggage hold during
transportation.
3. The wheelchair should always be transported in a forward facing direction.
Rearward facing is only acceptable if the occupant’s head and back can
be supported by a suitable bulkhead.
4. If the wheelchair is equipped with a headrest, it should always be used
during transportation.
5 Invacare recommend that the wheelchair be secured by 4-Point webbing
tie down systems as manufactured by Unwin Safety Systems or Koller
Safety Restraint Engineers.
6
When attaching tie downs to the wheelchair it is imperative these are fixed
onto the MAINFRAME of the wheelchair and not onto any attachments or
accessories ( wheels, handrims, castors, footrests, anti tipping levers etc.)
7. The tie downs should be secured, as close as possible, at an angle of 45
degrees to ensure maximum effectiveness of the restraint in all directions.
8. The occupant should be restrained independently of the wheelchair by a
suitably Approved passenger safety belt or harness.
Pelvic restraint or lap belts supplied with the wheelchair may be used in
addition to but never as a substitute for Approved passenger restraints.
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23 - Warranty
This is to certify that your Blade + wheelchair is warranted by Invacare, for a period
of 2 years. This warranty is subject to the following conditions:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
Only Invacare wheelchairs purchased at full price are warranted against defective
workmanship and materials.
If a defect or fault is discovered the supplier from whom the appliance was
purchased/obtained should be notified immediately.
The manufacturer will not accept responsibility for damage caused by misuse or
the non-observance of the intructions set out in the User Manual.
During the period of the warranty, any parts that have become defective due to
faulty workmanship or materials, will be renewed or repaired free of charge by
the Invacare supplier.
The warranty will be forfeited should any unauthorised alteration be made to the
equipment.
The purchaser s statutory rights under the Consumer Protection Act are not
affected.
Limitation of liability
This warranty does not extend to the consequential costs resulting from fault
clearance, in particular freight and travel costs, loss of earnings, expenses,
etc.
Invacare shall not be liable for:
- natural wear and tear
- unappropriate or incorrect use
- defective assembly or setting-up by the purchaser or third parties
- defective or negelectful treatment
- use of unsuitable spares
24 - Storage
When you will not be using your wheelchair for a prolonged period, the
following precautions will help to keep it in perfect condition.
Store the wheelchair in a clean, dry place.
Do not put heavy objects on top of it.
Cover with it with a dust sheet to keep it dust-free
25 - Cleaning
The parts of the wheelchair can be cleaned with a soft, dry cloth.
Vynyl or Nylon seat and backrest upholstery and the tyres can be cleaned
with a cloth dampened in clean soapy water.
When you have been out or whenever the metal parts have been wet, they
should be wiped dry to prevent possible corrosion.
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Manufacturer:
Invacare Rea AB
Växjövägen 303 S-343 71 DIÖ SWEDEN
Sales companies:
Danmark:
Invacare A/S
Sdr. Ringvej 39
DK-2605 Brøndby
Tel: (45) (0)36 90 00 00
Fax: (45) (0)36 90 00 01
denmark@invacare.com
Deutschland & Eastern Europe:
Invacare Aquatec
Alemannenstraße 10
D-88316 Isny
Tel: (49) (0)75 62 7 00 0
Fax: (49) (0)75 62 7 00 66
info@invacare-aquatec.de
Ireland:
Invacare Ireland Ltd
Unit 5 Seatown Business Campus
Seatown Road Swords County
Dublin - Ireland
Tel : (353) 1 810 7084
Fax: (353) 1 810 7085
eire@invacare.com
España:
Invacare SA c/Areny s/n
Polígon Industrial de Celrà
E-17460 Celrà (Girona)
Tel: (34) (0)972 49 32 00
Fax: (34) (0)972 49 32 20
contactsp@invacare.com
France:
Invacare Poirier SAS
Route de St Roch
F-37230 Fondettes
Tel: (33) (0)2 47 62 64 66
Fax: (33) (0)2 47 42 12 24
contactfr@invacare.com
Portugal:
Invacare Lda
Rua Senhora de Campanhã 105
P-4369-001 Porto
Tel: (351) (0)225 1059 46/47
Fax: (351) (0)225 1057 39
portugal@invacare.com
Italia:
Invacare Mecc San s.r.l.
Via dei Pini 62
I-36016 Thiene (VI)
Tel: (39) 0445 38 00 59
Fax: (39) 0445 38 00 34
italia@invacare.com
Sverige & Suomi:
Invacare AB
Fagerstagatan 9
S-163 91 Spånga
Tel: (46) (0)8 761 70 90
Fax: (46) (0)8 761 81 08
sweden@invacare.com
finland@invacare.com
Nederland:
Invacare BV
Celsiusstraat 46
NL-6716 BZ Ede
Tel: (31) (0)318 695 757
Fax: (31) (0)318 695 758
mobility@invacare.com
care@invacare.com
Norge:
Invacare AS
Grensesvingen 9
Postboks 6230
Etterstad N-0603 Oslo
Tel: (47) (0)22 57 95 00
Fax: (47) (0)22 57 95 01
norway@invacare.com
island@invacare.com
Österreich:
Mobitec Mobilitätshilfen GmbH
Herzog Odilostrasse 101
A-5310 Mondsee
Tel.: (43) 6232 5535 0
Fax.: (43) 6232 5535 4
office@mobitec-austria.com
austria@invacare.com
Switzerland:
Mobitec Rehab AG
Benkenstrasse 260
CH-4108 Witterswil
Tel.: (41) (0) 61 487 70 80
Fax.: (41) (0) 61 487 70 81
office@mobitec-rehab.ch
switzerland@invacare.com
United Kingdom:
Invacare Ltd
South Road Bridgend Industrial Estate
UK-Bridgend CF31 3PY
Tel: (44) (0)1656 664 321
Fax: (44) (0)1656 667 532
UK@invacare.com
Art.no. 1420355-1 2009.04.09
Belgium & Luxemburg:
Invacare nv Autobaan 22
B-8210 Loppem
Tel: (32) (0)50 83 10 10
Fax: (32) (0)50 83 10 11
belgium@invacare.com
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