Who Can You Trust?By Ball, Marty; Sports 'N Spokes, Vol. 28, No. 8, p. 38
Publication Date: December 2002
Article discusses the wheelchair selection process, with a special focus on the people who can be of the most assistance. Four groups of people are discussed: (1) doctors, (2) therapists, (3) dealers, and (4) other people who use wheelchairs. The author contends that many doctors do not have an abundance of wheelchair knowledge, and that they usually turn the specifics of prescription over to therapists. Some therapists actually specialize in seating and equipment, as many rehabilitation centers have clinics that specialize in the equipment needs of people who use wheelchairs. Many dealers can provide interested parties with samples of wheelchairs, as no consumer should buy a wheelchair before taking it on an extensive test run. People who are experienced in using many different types of wheelchairs are also a valuable asset, as they can remind interesting parties of many practical issues before final decisions are made.
Published by: PVA Publications (Website:http://www.pvamagazines.com)
Paralyzed Veterans of America (Web Site: http://www.pva.org )