The human body relies on fats and fluids to produce energy that ensures cells function properly, to regulate body temperature and produce healthy hair and skin, to cushion organs and tissues, protect bones, absorb vitamins, and boost immunity. Physicians know that patients who cannot or do not maintain a healthy body weight are at a higher risk for certain diseases and complications including diabetes, heart and lung disorders, osteoporosis, weakened immune systems, respiratory problems, and many more. This is why monitoring the weight of patients is so important and why the scale you choose for your home matters. Arlyn’s Wheelchair Scales There are four major criteria you’ll need to consider when evaluating which wheelchair scale you’ll choose.
- Ease of use for the wheelchair bound patient and the caregiver
- The accuracy of the scale
- Ruggedness and durability
Our 320-WC scales outperform the competition in all four categories. Ease of Use We equip our wheelchair scales with entrance and exit ramps that have a gentle incline to make it easy for a patient or her caregiver to roll the chair onto the scale’s generously sized platform. We also include sturdy grab bars so semi-mobile patients who are able to stand or walk short distances on their own may do so safely. The scale’s profile is less than two inches and, along with the gentle incline of the ramps, poses no tripping hazard and makes it easy for patients to get onto and off of the scale while a rubber mat on the scale platform prevents slipping. Many homes run on a tight budget, which means you may not be able to afford to put a scale in every room. We offer options to make your scale portable including side casters, fold-down posts, a rechargeable internal battery pack and AC adaptor, and a lightweight aluminum frame for easy mobility. If you use an electronic medical record system, you can even have weight results communicated directly to the patient’s file thanks to our Bluetooth enabled system. The scale doesn’t even need to be plugged into your computer to do this, which means you can keep accurate patient records without the hassle of cords or handwritten documents. Accuracy With a maximum capacity of 800 pounds, patients can be accurately weighed to 0.2 lb while in their wheelchairs. The scale’s large internal tare memory holds hundreds of weight values for a variety of wheelchair makes and models. And because the scale is entirely digital, no mathematical calculations need to take place. The scale will automatically subtract the weight of the wheelchair model selected to provide an accurate weight of the patient on the large graphical display. Our unrivaled accuracy is the result of stainless steel load cells and a modern electronic design. Our wheelchair scales also automatically calibrate themselves, which means higher accuracy and no budget needed for service or repair. They also have a motion compensation feature that rejects weight measurements that may be inaccurate because a patient is moving too much. Ruggedness and Durability While other wheelchair scales utilize aluminum or plated steel load cells, our stainless steel load cells significantly increase the durability of the scale and protect the scale from rough handling and abuse. Coupled with a heavy duty, rust free welded frame, these scales provide years of trouble free use. Cost Because we’re a factory direct manufacturer, we’re able to offer superior features and construction at half the cost asked by our competitors. And while other companies may have to purchase the electronic indicators or load cells that they use in their scales, we manufacture our products in the same factory as our completed scales, which means we can guarantee their performance quality. Our wheelchair scale (model 320-WC) is the only full size wheelchair scale designed for shipment through standard parcel shipping channels like UPS to avoid high cost trucking, which can easily cost an additional $100 or more. Contact Arlyn Scales Today Both weighing and medical technology are constantly evolving with new features and designs. If you’re a medical provider or purchasing manager at a nursing home and are interested in the Arlyn Wheelchair Scale, contact us today!