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Wheelchair Power Mobility Assessment: Power Seating

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: 54 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 29 Minutes

Power wheelchairs do more than drive. Power seating allows the driver to change position for pressure relief, pressure redistribution, transfers, and other functional activities. Power tilt changes orientation in space without changing the seated angles. Power recline opens the seat to back angle and is often used in combination with elevating leg rests and sometimes with power tilt. Seat elevate raises the entire seating system vertically without changing the seated angles. Finally, power stand brings the client partially or completely to a standing position within the power wheelchair. This course will present specific power wheelchair power seating options and clinical indicators for each. Clinicians need to be familiar with power wheelchair features, including power seating options, in order to participate in the evaluation process.

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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1. Power Tilt

This chapter will present a definition, clinical indicators, and justifications for the power tilt seat function on a power wheelchair. Power tilt provides many clinical benefits, including shifting the client’s weight. Anterior, posterior, and lateral tilt will be addressed.

2. Power Recline

This chapter will present a definition, clinical indicators, and justifications for the power recline seat function on a power wheelchair. Power recline provides many clinical benefits, including client weight redistribution. This chapter will also address power elevating leg rests, which are frequently used in combination with power recline.

3. Power Stand

This chapter will present a definition, clinical indicators, and justifications for the power stand seat function on a power wheelchair. Power stand provides many clinical benefits, including extending functional reach.

4. Power Seat Elevating Devices

This chapter will present a definition, clinical indicators, and justifications for power seat elevating devices on a power wheelchair. Power seat elevate provides many clinical benefits, including facilitating transfers.

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