In 2015, I wrote a 3-part Clinical Corner series on seating and mobility considerations for individuals who are bariatric. Here are links to the articles:
This month, let’s revisit this general topic with a focus on considerations for power wheelchairs for these individuals.
Posted on 2017-09-25
Have you ever driven your vehicle and felt like you had to correct the steering to continue to go in the direction you intended? Most likely, the answer is yes. This may have occurred if you drove over a bumpy dirt road or other rough terrain. It may have occurred if two wheels were on one surface, such as a road, and the other two wheels were on another surface, such as a soft shoulder, or when there was a transition between two surfaces. Drivers of power wheelchairs also may experience circumstances when correction of the steering is required. This month, Clinical Corner will focus on technical solutions to address steer correction in power mobility.
Posted on 2016-12-20
Seat elevation in a power wheelchair is a lift of the seat pan on the vertical plane, as the picture below illustrates. Seat elevation raises and lowers the height of the seating system, without changing seat to back or seat to floor angles. While seat elevation can be prescribed with other power positioning features, such as power tilt, recline and elevating leg rests, the focus of this month’s Clinical Corner article will be solely on power seat elevation.
Posted on 2016-11-29
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.
Posted on 2013-08-13
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.
Posted on 2013-05-17
In continuing our series on de-mystifying power wheelchairs, this month let’s look more closely at electronics. Electronics for power wheelchairs can be categorized into expandable and non-expandable options. What this refers to is the degree to which the electronics allow different input devices, power options, drive profiles and functionality with assistive technology.
Posted on 2012-09-10
In last month’s article, I wrote about Power Programming Basics and the common adjustments that can be made to the programming of a power wheelchair to affect the drive-ability of such a chair for a particular user. Over the next few months, I would like to focus on the “gross anatomy” of a power wheelchair base to help in de-mystifying power wheelchairs for those who may not feel comfortable working with power wheelchairs. A power base includes the following: wheels, casters, motors, batteries, and the controller.
Posted on 2012-07-13
Recently, my colleague, Ken Kalinowski, and I presented a workshop on the Power of Programming at the Canadian Seating and Mobility Conference (CSMC) in Toronto. (Ken is the Senior Service Technician and Technical Trainer with Sunrise Medical. He teaches Power Technical Training Programs in Canada and the United States.) I think it is fabulous to have the opportunity to learn hands-on, but for those of you who did not have the opportunity to attend CSMC and who are not very familiar with programming for power wheelchairs, this month’s article will help to increase your comfort level with the very basics of programming for power chairs.
Posted on 2012-06-04
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