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Axle Plates & Adjustments on Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

Axle Plates & Adjustments on Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

One of the most frustrating situations for a seating and mobility therapist is to see an active manual propeller reaching back for their rear wheel because the center of gravity setting is in the most rearward position. All ultra lightweight manual wheelchairs allow for center of gravity adjustments. This is accomplished by moving the rear axle forward or backward along the axle plate. The clinical recommendation for active users is to adjust the rear axle as far forward as possible without compromising the stability of the user.

Posted on 4/29/2019 | 1 comments


Comparing & Contrasting 3 Back Frame Options for a Rigid Ultra Lightweight Wheelchair

Comparing & Contrasting 3 Back Frame Options for a Rigid Ultra Lightweight Wheelchair

The two primary types or styles of ultra lightweight wheelchair frames are folding (x-frame folding cross brace) and rigid (box or open frame). Within the two overarching groups of ultra lightweight wheelchairs, there are a number of options available in each to lead toward the selection of the most appropriate wheelchair for a user. As a part of the complex rehabilitation technology (CRT) interdisciplinary team, it is important that you have an understanding of how these options could potentially impact a user's ability to propel his/her wheelchair in the most efficient and healthy way possible.

Posted on 3/29/2019 | 0 comments


Adjustability in Power Rehab Seating in the Clinic

Adjustability in Power Rehab Seating in the Clinic

As a member of a seating and mobility team in Long Island, New York, one of the more frustrating occurrences was delivering a wheelchair to a person who waited through the incredibly long justification, approval, and ordering process only to find out that the person had physically changed and the frame of the power wheelchair needed to go back to the dealer to be adjusted. We know that for many of our clients who have waited a very long time, the thought of having to send the wheelchair back to the dealer when delivery is so close is very upsetting for them.

Posted on 2/27/2019 | 1 comments


Customization of Standard Seating

Customization of Standard Seating

We all agree that the cushion and backrest are a crucial part of an end-user's mobility equipment. The cushion and backrest come into direct contact with the user's skin, it is the interface between the person and the mobility base and therefore its selection cannot be taken lightly.

Posted on 1/29/2019 | 0 comments


Knowledge Is Power: Tips for Learning in the CRT Industry

Knowledge Is Power: Tips for Learning in the CRT Industry

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


Taking Control: Ideas for Increasing Success with a Standard Joystick

Taking Control: Ideas for Increasing Success with a Standard Joystick

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 | 2 comments


The Science of Manual Tilt Mechanisms

The Science of Manual Tilt Mechanisms

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


Use of Power Seat Functions Among Full-Time Power Wheelchair Users

Use of Power Seat Functions Among Full-Time Power Wheelchair Users

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 | 1 comments


Building the Ideal Team for CRT Evaluations

Building the Ideal Team for CRT Evaluations

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


Mechanical vs. Electronic Switches - What are the primary differences?

Mechanical vs. Electronic Switches - What are the primary differences?

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 | 0 comments


1, 2, or 3: What's the Best Caster Housing Position for Me?

1, 2, or 3: What's the Best Caster Housing Position for Me?

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


The Space Age Comes to Pediatric Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs

The Space Age Comes to Pediatric Tilt-in-Space Wheelchairs

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 | 1 comments


Navigating the Transition from Manual to Power Mobility

Navigating the Transition from Manual to Power Mobility

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 | 1 comments


Cortical Visual Impairment & Mobility

Cortical Visual Impairment & Mobility

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 | 1 comments


Ready, Set, Go! Exploring the World of Pediatric Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

Ready, Set, Go! Exploring the World of Pediatric Ultra Lightweight Manual Wheelchairs

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 | 1 comments


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