Education in Motion Blog
Early on in my professional career, it dawned on me how similar learning to drive both an automatic and a manual transmission car was with the process of selecting the proper power mobility device, including the drive controls. In this series of posts, we are going to explore various technologies available in power wheelchair drive controls. In addition, we will take a look at examples of drive controls and review potential applications of each.
Posted on 6/28/2019
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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