Rehab Department Receives Bariatric Wheelchairs
June 24, 2021: Donations to Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation recently funded three tilt-in-space Bariatric Wheelchairs for RMH’s Rehabilitation Department. These wheelchairs are approximately $7000 each, for a total of $21,000. They are on Ridge Meadows Hospital Foundation’s 2021-2022 list of essential equipment and other high-priority needs for Ridge Meadows Hospital and Maple Ridge Pitt Meadows Health Services.
These Bariatric Wheelchairs provide basic mobility and are required to meet the needs of our increasing bariatric population. They promote early mobilization of patients with complex medical presentations. They also aid in rehabilitation, as patients gain strength by independently propelling themselves using their arms or feet, as well as getting out of bed and into the wheelchair.