Suweve

Suweve

A wheelchair accessory that makes wheelchair walks way more social.

The Suweve is a wheelchair accessory that enriches the social interaction between passenger and pusher during a walk by reversing the manual wheelchair.

For most of us, going for a walk with one of our loved ones is a popular social activity and a catalyst for good conversations, but when you or your loved one is in a wheelchair this is unfortunately not the case. This is because people in a wheelchair are always pushed from behind, which makes non-verbal communication impossible. Besides that, it also makes verbal communication difficult, especially when the inhabitant or the pusher of the wheelchair is not able to speak that loud/clear anymore or is bad hearing. When the person in the wheelchair has dementia, we unfortunately often see that interaction during a walk becomes totally impossible, as the verbal capabilities of this group decrease rapidly. As a consequence, the person in the wheelchair often feels isolated during a walk and is not able to express their needs or discomfort towards their caregiver. On the other side, the caregiver is not able to see how their loved one or client in the wheelchair is doing and cannot detect discomfort.

Suweve has given itself the mission to improve the well-being of wheelchair users, referring to both the inhabitant and the pusher, by giving them the possibility to have full-fledged social interaction with each other during a walk. To this end, we have developed a wheelchair accessory that allows anyone to temporarily transform almost any manual wheelchair into a reversed wheelchair within 20 seconds. In this way, the wheelchair can be pushed from the front, allowing the inhabitant and the pusher to look each other into the eyes, enabling all forms of social interaction.

Wouter Witteman

Wouter Witteman

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Tom Huijben
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