Many therapists focus on how to position the client without considering the mobility. A wheelchair is a replacement for a lost walking ability and must function in different environments. In this seminar we talk about the assessment and adjustments from both positioning and propelling aspects.
• The wheelchair – a mobility aid
• Goals for the positioning
• The assessment – examination prone and seated
• Measurements – the client and wheelchair
• Wheelchair adjustments – positioning and propulsion
• Different propelling techniques
• Causes for sliding forward
• Injury risks in a wheelchair
A wheelchair is a mobility aid. Therefore it is important to focus on both the positioning and propelling abilities. Both interfere with each other and can, when not properly made, result in secondary injuries, inactivity and an increased need of assistance and care.
In this seminar we focus on how to position the client for stability, mobility and function. What do I have to examine on the client and how do I interpret the result into the wheelchair? We look at different user groups specific needs. We look at different mobility patterns for propelling and how to correct them.
The participants will be able to work with Etac wheelchairs and also bring wheelchair clients for testing.
Abstract Orlando 2009