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Independence Through Power Seat Functions

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When selecting the most appropriate power wheelchair for a client, it is important to ensure that he/she can move his or her own body in space while utilizing the wheelchair. Power seating functions can provide the user with numerous benefits, such as the ability to independently complete weight shifts, reposition for improved respiratory and/or gastrointestinal functions, engage in activities of daily living, and provide an increase in the user's overall quality of life. The participants of this educational session will gain an understanding of the clinical application of power seating functions including tilt, recline, adjustable seat height, power elevating lower extremity supports, etc. Through the examination of these components, the clinician will acquire clinical reasoning skills and strategies for recommending power seating functions on a power wheelchair.

Objectives:

At the conclusion of this educational session, participants will be able to do the following:

  1. List and describe at least five power seat functions.
  2. Articulate three clinical benefits of power seating functions.
  3. Integrate three additional considerations when recommending power seat functions.

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