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Assistive Devices & Wheelchair Assessment Program

 

Mobility and well-being

Mobility is crucial to our total well-being - especially for people who require assistive devices such as wheelchairs, walkers or artificial limbs. Considering that over time mobility can be compromised, having a well-prescribed wheelchair or assistive device can mean the difference between independence and being dependent on others. Gaylord's Assistive Devices and Wheelchair Assessment Service can improve mobility through the proper recommendation of customized wheelchairs and other assistive devices.

Wheelchair Assessment Service

The Wheelchair Assessment Service (click for brochure) is coordinated by registered physical therapists who are certified Assistive Technology Providers (ATP) with advanced training in seating and positioning. Rehab Technology Suppliers (RTS) are present at evaluations to assist in equipment selection and to provide the equipment to clients An added benefit is that proper evaluation and prescription can reduce costs associated with preventable complications that result from ill-fitting equipment such as:

  • Orthopedic deformity
  • Loss of skin integrity
  • Chronic pain syndromes
  • Depression

What happens during a wheelchair assessment?

A Wheelchair Assessment Service appointment consists of a comprehensive evaluation to assess the following areas:

  • Goals and needs of the equipment user
  • Current and previous equipment
  • Functional abilities
  • Environments in which the equipment will be used in including home, work and school
  • Physical assessment including skin and soft tissue, passive range of motion, tone, active movement, pain, posture, balance, sensation and endurance

Through this evaluation, the goals of the seating and mobility system are determined. Extensive equipment simulation is performed to assist the wheelchair user and clinicians in equipment selection. Gaylord’s clinicians work closely with equipment manufacturers to ensure that a wide variety of state-of-the-art equipment options are available for wheelchair users to trial. Our clinicians stay abreast of ongoing developments in federal legislation affecting mobility equipment, in order to make appropriate recommendations. Goals for a wheelchair assessment include:

  • Maximizing independence with mobility
  • Recommending equipment that is functional, safe and comfortable
  • Improving posture and function while seated in a wheelchair
  • Preventing secondary complications caused by ill-fitting or malfunctioning equipment including orthopedic deformity, loss of skin integrity, pain and depression

Additional services include:

  • Computerized pressure mapping assessments to determine how to provide optimal pressure relief while seated in a wheelchair
  • Standing frame evaluations
  • Custom molded seat cushion and back support fabrication

Information

Wheelchair Assessment brochure

For Information: (203) 284-2705

For Appointments:  (203) 284-2888, option 1

Locations

Gaylord Hospital Gaylord Wellness Center Gaylord Sleep Medicine / Glastonbury Gaylord Sleep Medicine / Guilford Gaylord Sleep Medicine / North Haven Gaylord Sleep Medicine / Trumbull
Gaylord Hospital

Gaylord Farm Road

Wallingford, CT 06492

(203) 284-2800

Gaylord Physical Therapy, Orthopedics
and Sports Medicine

8 Devine Street

North Haven, CT 06473

203-230-9226 / 203-284-2818 Sleep Medicine

Gaylord Sleep Medicine/Glastonbury

676 Hebron Avenue

Glastonbury, CT 06033

(203) 284-2818

Gaylord Sleep Medicine/Guilford

37 Soundview Road

Soundview Professional Center

Guilford, CT 06437

(203) 284-2818

Gaylord Sleep Medicine/North Haven

8 Devine Street

North Haven, CT 06473

(203) 284-2818

Gaylord Sleep Medicine/Trumbull

101 Merritt Boulevard

Trumbull, CT 06611

(203) 284-2818


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