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Power Chair Configuration Considerations

presented by Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

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Financial: Michelle Lange is consultant for Stealth Products which is manufacturer of wheelchair seating and mobility, LUCI- manufacturer of smart wheelchair technology and AbleNet – manufacturer of switches. Michelle Lange receives compensation from MedBridge for this course. There is no financial interest beyond the production of this course.

Non-Financial: Michelle Lange has no competing non-financial interests or relationships with regard to the content presented in this course.

Satisfactory completion requirements: All disciplines must complete learning assessments to be awarded credit, no minimum score required unless otherwise specified within the course.

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Video Runtime: 57 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 30 Minutes

Not all power wheelchairs are created equal. This course will explain the differences between consumer-level and complex rehab technology (CRT) power wheelchairs. Clinicians need to be familiar with power wheelchair features in order to participate in the evaluation process. CRT power wheelchairs are available in front-, mid-, and rear-wheel drive configurations, each of which has specific clinical advantages for an individual client. Tracking technologies improve driving efficiency by reducing course corrections and time required to move between locations. Finally, power wheelchair suspension has a number of clinical benefits for the clients we work with. These power wheelchair configuration considerations impact final equipment recommendations.

Meet Your Instructor

Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with more than 30 years of experience in the area of assistive technology. She is the former clinical director of the Assistive Technology Clinics of the Children's Hospital of Denver and has been in private practice at Access to Independence, Inc., for more than 15 years. Michelle's work in assistive…

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Chapters & Learning Objectives

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1. This Isn’t Your Grandma’s Wheelchair

This chapter will present definitions and clinical indicators for consumer-level and CRT-level power wheelchairs. CRT-level power wheelchairs support a wide range of seating systems and driving methods and allow for control of other features through the driving method.

2. Drive-Wheel Configuration

This chapter will present front-, mid-, and rear-wheel drive configurations. The relationship between drive-wheel position, driving efficiency, and driving method will be discussed.

3. Tracking Technologies

The chapter will present tracking technologies, which improve power wheelchair driving efficiency. Clinical benefits of this technology, and a summary of a tracking study, will be presented.

4. Suspension

This chapter will review power wheelchair suspension as a part of the wheelchair frame. Clinical benefits will be discussed.

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