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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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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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Power Assist from a Proactive Perspective

Power Assist from a Proactive Perspective Power assist is often discussed hand in hand with shoulder injury or shoulder pain. What if the discussion was different? What if power assist was considered a proactive part of manual mobility to enhance health and function? Curtis Merring recently spoke with Laurie Watanabe for a Mobility Management podcast on…

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TiLite Pilot FAQs

  Part 4 in our blog series focusing on Pediatric Mobility Solutions and the TiLite Pilot.  See Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3. Is there consideration for transportation, safety and school bus requirements? Safety and transportation are quite significant concerns for young children. The TiLite Pilot does have transit options available for securement on the bus and in a…

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Power Wheelchairs: Where is my drive wheel and why does it matter? Part 2

The drive wheel on a power wheelchair is the larger wheel if you are looking at your wheelchair or client’s wheelchair. The location of this drive wheel can have a large impact on how the power wheelchair drives and maneuvers in different environments. There are three main types of drive wheel configurations on power wheelchairs: front-wheel…

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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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