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Top 5 Reasons to use an Adjustable Wheelchair Back Support System

Too many of our geriatric residents present with some degree of abnormal curvature of the spine, which causes them to slide into undesirable postures in the wheelchair system. When we allow them to slide into abnormal postures, we place our residents at risk for pressure injuries and falls from the wheelchair. The commonly seen abnormal…

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Could I benefit from a power assist device?

Part 2 in our series about Power Assist Devices. See Part 1 here. This week we are continuing our blog series on power assist devices. Last week we looked at contributing factors to upper extremity impairment in manual wheelchair users, and this week we will be focusing on how to determine if a power assist device…

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Upper Extremity Preservation: A Proactive Approach

Part 1 in our series about Power Assist Devices. We live in a busy world, and everyone is racing to get from one place to another. People who use manual wheelchairs push their wheelchairs 2000-3000 times per day on average in order to check off all the items on their to do lists. Propulsion isn’t…

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Benefits of Front Wheel Drive Part 2

Part 2 in our two-part series exploring the potential benefits and uses of front wheel drive power wheelchairs. Check out Part 1. Last week we looked a few reasons a front wheel drive (FWD) power wheelchair might be right for you. We discussed how FWD wheel base configuration can increase how close you can get to…

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Benefits of Front Wheel Drive Part 1

Part 1 in our two part series exploring the potential benefits and uses of front wheel drive power wheelchairs. We at Permobil have over 50 years of redefining not just ability, but also mobility. Today we are focusing on front wheel drive solutions and our story really starts with our founder, Dr. Per Udden, who…

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Introducing Jess Markt

  Today we have the pleasure of introducing Jess Markt. He’s been a TiLite user for the last 18 years, and we’ll be publishing blog posts from Jess in the near future. Jess Markt was 19 years old in August of 1996 and was preparing for his sophomore season as a high jumper on the…

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The Case for 24/7 Posture Care

  The last part, Part 4, in our series 24 Hour Positioning: Why Wheelchair Seating Can Only Do So Much by guest author Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS. See Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. Given the time spent on creating and acquiring funding for custom seating systems there is large motivation for them to last as long as possible,…

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24 Hour Posture: The Link Between Sitting and Lying Postures

Part 3 in our series 24 Hour Positioning: Why Wheelchair Seating Can Only Do So Much by guest author Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS. See Part 1 and Part 2. In Part 1 we discussed three primary postural orientations and our American seating practitioner tendency to overlook posture in lying. The work of Fulford and Brown demonstrated in Part 2 that gravity, asymmetrical postures…

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Constant Gravity: The Effects of Lying Down on Posture

Part 2 in our series 24 Hour Positioning: Why Wheelchair Seating Can Only Do So Much by guest author Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS. See Part 1 here. In Part 1 of this series I mentioned the three postural orientations that we humans use – lying, sitting and standing – and how in the wheelchair seating and positioning world, we have typically overlooked the first and…

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