Michelle L. Lange and Jean Minkel have designed this text to support occupational and physical therapists, complex rehabilitation technology suppliers, and even third-party payers who are interested in wheelchair seating and mobility assessment and applications. Seating and Wheeled Mobility provides a wide spectrum of information from foundational information for those practitioners who are new to the field to in-depth, population-specific information for practitioners who perhaps have not worked with a particular population in the past.
Information sharing, opportunities for demonstration and trial, and patience on the part of the clinician working with the person with a disability are all critical precursors to the actual process of making equipment recommendations.
Seating and Wheeled Mobility is divided into sections, each addressing a different area of clinical practice.
- The first section is an in-depth presentation of the assessment process and the critical understanding of pressure management needed by the clinical team when working with a client population who rely on wheeled mobility.
- The second section focuses on postural support. Also included is a completely updated method to measure and describe the seated person and related support surfaces needed when recommending a device.
- The third section lays the foundation for clinical decision making around the assessment for and application of the most appropriate wheeled mobility device.
- The fourth section provides in-depth clinical applications for each category of mobility devices. Also addressed is proper documentation to assist in the funding of these devices.
- The fifth section provides population-specific information regarding the clinical application of position, pressure management, and functional mobility as it applies to the pediatric, geriatric, and bariatric populations, as well as persons with both degenerative and complex neuromuscular impairments.
- The last section presents additional considerations when working with persons who are aging with a disability, environmental assessments, transportation, and the application of standards.
Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clinical Resource Guide provides the depth and breadth of the clinical practice of wheelchair seating and mobility to both those who are new to the field, as well as seasoned professionals.
Jean L. Minkel, PT, ATP is a physical therapist and master clinician well recognized for her work in assistive technology. She is currently the Senior Vice President of Care Coordination and Rehabilitation Services for Independence Care System, a nonprofit, Medicaid long-term care program in New York City. Jean is also an independent consultant who provides educational and consulting service to all members of the assistive technology team—consumers, therapists, suppliers, manufacturers, and payers. Before entering the private sector, Jean was the Director of the Seating and Mobility Program at the Center for Rehabilitation Technology at Helen Hayes Hospital in West Haverstraw, NY. She produced the video series Spending or Investing—Funding Assistive Technology. She is coauthor of the Wheelchair Selection Guide: How to Use the ANSI–RESNA Standards, the Manual Mobility Training Guide, and the Power Mobility Training Guide. The assistive technology community has recognized Jean for her contributions with the RESNA Fellow award in 1995 and the Sam McFarland Mentor Award in 2012.
About the Editors
Foreword by David Cooper, MSc Kines, Rehab Tech and Maureen Story, BSR(PT/OT)
Foreword by Mark R. Schmeler, PhD, OTR/L, ATP, RESNA Fellow
Section I Postural Support and Pressure Management: Foundational Information
Chapter 1 Seating and Mobility Evaluations for Persons With Long-Term Disabilities: Focusing on the
Jean L. Minkel, PT, ATP
Chapter 2 Pressure Management for the Seated Client
Jo-Anne Chisholm, MSc, OT and Joanne Yip, BSR, OT
Section II Postural Support and Pressure Management: Clinical Applications
Chapter 3 Postural Support and Pressure Management Considerations for Hands-Free Sitters
David Kreutz, PT, ATP
Chapter 4 Postural Support and Pressure Management Considerations for Hands-Dependent Sitters
Sharon Sutherland, PT
Chapter 5 Postural Support and Pressure Management Considerations for Prop Sitters
Jill Sparacio, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, ABDA
Chapter 6 Standardized Measures of the Person, Seating System, and Wheelchair
Kelly Waugh, PT, MAPT, ATP and Barbara A. Crane, PT, PhD, ATP/SMS
Chapter 7 Posture Management 24/7
Atli Ágústsson, PT, MSc Bioeng and Guðný Jónsdóttir, PT, MSc
Section III Wheeled Mobility: Foundational Information
Chapter 8 Mobility Assessment: The Mobility Algorithm
Elizabeth Cole, MSPT, ATP
Section IV Wheeled Mobility: Clinical Applications
Chapter 9 Manual Mobility Applications for the Person Able to Self-Prope
Lauren E. Rosen, PT, MPT, MSMS, ATP/SMS
Chapter 10 Power Mobility Applications: Mobility Categories and Clinical Indicators
Michael Babinec, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP
Chapter 11 Power Mobility: Alternative Access Methods
Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Chapter 12 Power Mobility: Optimizing Driving
Amy M. Morgan, PT, ATP
Chapter 13 Power Mobility: Advanced Applications
Michelle L. Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS
Chapter 14 Manual Mobility Applications for the Dependent User
Sheila N. R. Buck, BSc (OT), OT Reg (Ont), ATP
Chapter 15 Alternate Drive Mechanisms for Manual Wheelchairs: Bridging the Gap Between Manual and
Carmen P. DiGiovine, PhD, ATP/SMS, RET and Theresa F. Berner, MOT, OTR/L, ATP
Chapter 16 Documentation of the Seating and Mobility Assessment
Julie Piriano, PT, ATP/SMS
Section V Putting It Together: Specialty Applications
Chapter 17 Considerations When Working With the Pediatric Population
Jan Furumasu, PT, ATP
Chapter 18 Considerations When Working With the Geriatric Population
Deborah A. Jones, PT, DPT, GSC, CEEAA, ATP and Joanne Rader, RN, MN
Chapter 19 Considerations When Working With the Bariatric Population
Stephanie Tanguay, OT/L, ATP
Chapter 20 Considerations When Working With Degenerative Neurological Conditions
John “Jay” Doherty, OTR, ATP/SMS
Chapter 21 Considerations When Working With Complex Neurological and
Elizabeth McCarty, OTR/L and Melissa Tally, PT, MPT, ATP
Section VI Additional Considerations
Chapter 22 Considerations When Working With a Person Who Is Aging With a Disability
Susan Johnson Taylor, OTR/L, RESNA Fellow
Chapter 23 Environmental Assessment
Cindi Petito, OTR/L, ATP, CAPS
Chapter 24 Wheelchairs and Transportation
Mary Ellen Buning, PhD, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, RESNA Fellow
Chapter 25 Application of Wheelchair and Seating Standards: From Inside the Test Lab and Beyond
Kay Ellen Koch, OTR/L, ATP, RESNA Fellow and Anita Perr, PhD, OT/L, FAOTA, RESNA Fellow