Whether you are just peeking behind the curtain into the world of complex rehabilitation technology (CRT), preparing to sit for the Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) exam, or you are a full-blown wheelchair nerd with years of experience, it is essential to have resources available to help improve your knowledge so you can help provide better outcomes for your clients.
Posted on 12/28/2018 | 0 comments
One of the areas that has evolved greatly over the years has been the way in which a user accesses the drive control of the power wheelchair. The creation of alternative drive controls such as head arrays, switches, mini-proportional joysticks, etc. have all opened up the world of independence through power mobility to individuals who are not able to use a standard joystick. However, there are some circumstances in which utilizing a standard joystick is preferred for a variety of reasons.
Posted on 11/30/2018 | 0 comments
This month, we will focus on tilt wheelchairs and how the mechanism of tilt affects the base of support, including the overall wheelbase of the wheelchair, potential center of gravity displacement, and the effort required to move a person in and out of tilt.
Posted on 10/24/2018 | 0 comments
Typically, for full-time power wheelchair users, we look to power seat functions to reduce skin risk, create rest, provide relief, and increase comfort. But how do we know what to recommend to our clients? The research tells us a few key facts.
Posted on 9/26/2018 | 0 comments
The reality is that teamwork is a concept we are introduced to as children and which continues to be an essential part of not only our personal lives, but also our professional careers. The world of complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) is no exception. When it comes to evaluating, recommending, and obtaining the proper seating system and wheeled mobility device for a client, it is vital and in some cases required that a multidisciplinary team approach be utilized.
Posted on 8/24/2018 | 0 comments
Switches can give clients with physical limitations the ability to control almost anything including communication devices, iPads, power wheelchairs, environmental control devices, and more. Having an understanding of the categories of switches will help you select the best switch or combination of switches for each individual client.
Posted on 8/16/2018 | 1 comments
Reflecting back on that conversation, I recalled one of the topics the young man was most intrigued by were the three caster housing positions available on the Quickie Q7 series of wheelchairs. In order to provide a thorough overview of the three positions, I asked veteran Sunrise Medical team member and Clinical Rehab Manager, Rob Agostino, to provide some insight.
Posted on 8/15/2018 | 0 comments
One of the most frequently asked questions from parents and/or caregivers I have heard throughout my years of working in the world of Assistive Technology in relation to wheelchairs is...“How are we going to transport that thing?” The reality is that in many cases transporting wheeled mobility devices is not easy. Unfortunately, George Jetson’s car that folds up with the push of a button into a lightweight briefcase has not yet been invented, much less a wheelchair that can do the same. Discussing the portability and transport options of a wheelchair and seating system is an integral part of the early stages of the evaluation process.
Posted on 7/15/2018 | 0 comments
Imagine yourself making plans to take a road trip to a new destination. While you've never been to the exact location, you have a basic understanding of what to expect and a few simple goals in mind for what you would like to accomplish. In preparation for the trip, you do your due diligence by updating your GPS app on your smartphone, envisioning an overview of the trip, researching the destination, checking over your vehicle, and packing all the essentials.
Posted on 6/15/2018 | 0 comments
This may sound like a cliché, but some of the greatest teachers I have had in my career have been clients and caregivers. Roughly 5 years ago while working as the assistive technology (AT) team coordinator at a pediatric hospital in Washington, D.C. I was asked by an occupational therapist (OT) coworker to provide an AT consultation with one of her patients named Maryn. From the moment I met Maryn and her family, I knew they would have a lasting impression on me.
Posted on 5/15/2018 | 0 comments
Wheelchairs have evolved immensely, but especially over the past 20 years. The most recent surge in technological advances for manual wheelchairs began in the 1990s and has continued with the implementation of lighter weight material being utilized in manufacturing and the ability to truly customize a wheelchair for each individual.
Posted on 4/15/2018 | 0 comments
Power seating functions such as tilt, recline, seat elevate, and elevating leg rests provide users with improved positioning, the opportunity to redistribute pressure, and an increased level of independence. However, no matter how beneficial the power seating functions may be, if he/she cannot independently and quickly operate the control device it greatly decreases the odds that the user will utilize the power seating functions.
Posted on 3/15/2018 | 0 comments
A little known secret about why pediatric therapists like working with children so much is because we get to continue to play on a daily basis and get paid for it. However, in an instant you can go from feeling like Peter Pan to realizing just how old you really are when a former client comes back into clinic to have his or her chair adjusted or replaced to meet growth needs.
Posted on 2/15/2018 | 0 comments
Power wheelchairs can provide clients with independent mobility. However, determining how a client can physically drive the chair can be challenging. A little ingenuity, thinking outside of the box, an alternative drive control, and the proper mounting system can change someone's life. For this blog post I reached out to my Sunrise Medical colleague and industry veteran Robert Norton to provide his insight on selecting the ideal mini proportional joystick.
Posted on 1/15/2018 | 0 comments
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