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