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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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Justifying a Power Assist Device

Part 4 in our series about Power Assist Devices. For more information about power assist devices, check out: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Anytime there is a need for complex rehab technology, it’s important to understand the criteria for reimbursement and how to justify it appropriately. This is important because once you’ve identified that a client…

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Different Client Populations & Power Assist Applications

Part 3 in our series about Power Assist Devices. See Part 1 and Part 2. Now that we have a better understanding of the potential applications of power assist outside of the traditional “shoulder pain” or “long distance” needs – we can move into specific population considerations. We discussed in week 1 of this blog…

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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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The benefits of a solid back for everyday wheelchair users

Benefits of the right back support: For a person who uses a wheelchair most of the time, the back support plays a key role in optimizing function and independence. A solid back support for an individual, especially one who utilizes a rigid manual wheelchair, may accomplish some or all the benefits below: Provide trunk stability…

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Ergonomic Seating and Manual Wheelchairs

Everyone has experienced an ergonomic seat design at some time or another. If you look at the seats in our cars, offices or even in waiting rooms ergonomic design is used because those making the chairs understand that the more the chair contours and fits a person, the less work the person must do to…

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