If you have been following my blog, you will know that I previously have written a series of articles on de-mystifying power wheelchairs. I wrote about batteries and motors, the controller, and selecting electronics. These articles are available on my blog and can be found by using the Search feature in the upper right corner, or by looking through the “tags” section in the lower right corner of the blog if you would like to read more on these topics. This month, I would like to continue to focus on power mobility, by comparing mid-wheel, rear-wheel and front-wheel drive power wheelchairs, as it is important to understand how drive base affects the performance of a power chair.
Recently, my colleague, Ron Claughton, Account Manager with Sunrise Medical, and I presented on specialty controls at the Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference (CSMC) in Toronto. Not only did we discuss various specialty control options, but we also demonstrated the use of specialty controls both live and through videos. Therapists and vendors were given the opportunity to drive power wheelchairs using alternate input devices. Hands on is a great way to learn, but of course, not everyone is able to attend CSMC, so I thought I would share some information on specialty controls in this month’s blog article.
Handout Webinar Taking the Fear out of Programming Power WCs 2017
Handout - Power Mobility Webinar Feb 2017
Handout - Transit Standards for Seating WCs and WC Tiedowns
Bariatric Measurement Chart