In accordance with a first aspect of the present invention, a novel pivoting wheelchair backpack holder is provided. The holder includes a hinge in order to pivot, a lever rod under an armrest in the front of the wheelchair, a handle which moves the lever rod, a frame that the lever rod moves, and an open, expandable backpack that rests on the frame that is attached to the back of the wheelchair.
It is yet another further object of the present invention to provide a pivoting wheelchair backpack holder that holds its position when the lever rod is closed so that the backpack is kept to the back of the wheelchair when the user does not want to access the backpack. Additionally, the handle in its stowed position is adjacent to the side of the wheelchair.
shows a wheelchair 30 with the wheelchair backpack holder 10 in its retracted and rested position. The wheelchair backpack holder includes a pivot assembly 14, which includes a pivot pin 13, a handle 12, and a lever rod 11. A person sitting on the wheelchair 30 can move the handle 12 radially in relation to the pivot pin 13 and re-position the handle 12 into the lever rod 11 at a 90-degree angle. The person pushes the handle 12 which then moves the lever rod 11. The lever rod 11 moves the frame 20, rotating the backpack 21 to the side of the wheelchair. When the frame is in the retracted position, the lever rod 11 can be releasably attached to the wheelchair 30 by means of a clamp 60 that can be on the lever rod 11 or on the wheelchair structure.
It is yet a further object of the present invention to provide a pivoting wheelchair backpack holder that holds its position when the lever rod is open so that the backpack can move to the side of the user and be easily accessible for the user.