KNOWING WHAT TO LOOK FOR WITH WHEELCHAIR SEAT SELECTION
Wheelchair seating can be a complex and detailed process due to many interrelated components. Achieving a good posture is one of the goals of seating because it’s important to the client’s long-term health status.
CHOOSING A BACKREST SUPPORT – ARE THEY ALL THE SAME?
The wheelchair seating system is integral to efficient, safe and comfortable mobility. There are so many elements to consider - from the mobility base frame, to the seat cushion, to the backrest support – all of which should match the individual’s physical needs and functional requirements.
Introducing one of our newest team members - Jane Crowle, Physiotherapist Clinical Consultant.
"In a real sense, a wheelchair is an extension of the user's body. Therefore, it is critical that any prescription for a new wheelchair must match the user's current expectations, preferences, physical needs and functional requirements that emerge out of his or her interactions with the environment1."
WHICH THERAPY IS BEST FOR YOUR CHILD?
In Australia, if you care for a child with a disability you can access the services of private therapists. These therapists must be fully qualified and registered with their professional body in Australia. The type of therapist you may require is very much dependent on the physical or intellectual needs of your child, but it is very important to choose a therapist who has experience working with children with disabilities – for example autism, spinal cord injury, or cerebral palsy. Two key therapies that you may wish to access include Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy. There are many other therapies available for consideration, including Speech Therapy, or Psychology. Your care planner or social worker can assist you in working out whose services you may require to help your child meet their goals. For the purpose of this blog – let’s look more at the differences between Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists.