Rolling StockBy Finke, Rachael, PT; Rehab Management, Vol. 18, No. 2, pp. 32-34
Publication Date: March 2005
Article discusses considerations for physical and occupational therapists when assessing a client for a powered mobility device. Five specific considerations are listed: (1) the differences between a scooter and a powered wheelchair, (2) how to identify which clients would benefit from using a scooter, (3) the key elements for properly assessing the client’s individual needs, (4) the components and options available for scooters, and (5) how to write an effective letter of medical necessity for insurance funding. Both scooters and powered wheelchairs are useful in providing clients with added independence that has been lost due to balance issues, weakness, and limited endurance. The author contends that overall, a powered wheelchair is very effective in promoting a variety of postural corrections for people with multiple sclerosis, postpolio syndrome, and muscular dystrophy. User profiles, scooter options, and evaluation techniques are discussed.
Published by: Ascend Media LLC (Website:http://www.ascendmedia.com)
Link to text: http://www.rehabpub.com/features/32005/5.asp
This publication is included in the library of the National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC), accession number J48734