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Seating and Mobility Considerations for Individuals who are Bariatric - Part 2: Assessment and Seating

22/04/2015

Last month, we started a discussion on seating and mobility considerations for individuals who are bariatric.  I wrote about body shape and that it is a person’s unique shape and weight distribution that must be evaluated when assessing for seating and mobility.  (If you missed last month’s article, click here for Part 1.)   Let’s continue the discussion.

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Wear in Wheelchair Cushions 2.0

25/02/2015

In May 2012, I wrote an article for my Clinical Corner blog, titled “Wear in Wheelchair Cushions”. If you missed that post, you may click on the following link to read the article. I continue to receive questions on how to determine when a wheelchair cushion requires replacement so I thought it would be a good idea to revisit this topic. This month, I will update the discussion on wear in wheelchair cushions by reviewing research that has been published since my blog article was posted.

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Custom Seating

15/07/2014

In previous Clinical Corner articles, I have written about generic off-the-shelf wheelchair cushion design and materials, cushion covers, and wear in wheelchair cushions.  I have also written about customizing off-the-shelf seating to address skin protection, positioning needs or personal choice.  All of these articles can be accessed by either using the search toolbar in the upper right corner or by clicking on the appropriate tag in the lower right corner of the blog.  This month, let’s continue to look at seating with a focus on custom seating.

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Customizing Off-the-Shelf Seating

13/06/2013

​Off-the-shelf seating works well for the majority of people who use wheelchairs; however, there are some people who require either customization of off-the-shelf seating or, for those who have more complex needs, custom seating systems.  This month, I will discuss some of the modifications that are available in off-the-shelf seating that address skin protection, positioning needs, or personal choice.  Some modifications can be done by a therapist in the field.  For example, closed cell foam can be carved using an electric carving knife.  If done at the factory, many of the customizations involve no additional charge, but to be sure, check the order form.  If the customization is not listed on the order form, it does not necessarily mean it is not possible – it may simply mean it is not a frequently requested modification.  Checking with the customization department of the manufacturer will give you all the information you need about possibilities and prices.

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Skin Protection and Seating: Thoughts on Pressure Reduction

03/10/2011

Last month’s article gave us an overview of pressure sores, staging of pressure sores, factors associated with pressure sores and some prevention strategies.  This month, I would like to look at how seating can assist in the prevention of skin breakdown and pressure ulcers.

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Pressure Sores and Skin Protection

30/08/2011

In one of my previous articles, I wrote about the many possible goals of seating.  This month, I would like to take a closer look at one goal in particular – skin protection.

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Seating Considerations - The Back Rest

11/08/2011

​In one of my previous articles, “More on Practical Seating Considerations – Posterior Pelvic Tilt”, I wrote about the importance of the back rest when seating a client who presents with a posterior pelvic tilt. This month, I would like to talk about back rest selection in general.

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Practical Seating Considerations - Pelvic Rotation

28/06/2011

​So far with respect to practical seating considerations, I have written about pelvic obliquity, posterior pelvic tilt and anterior pelvic tilt.  This month, I would like to focus on practical seating considerations for a client who presents with a pelvic rotation.

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