Age Over MatterBy Dworak, Patricia, MSOT, OTR/L, ATP; Folland, Robin, PTA, ATP; Kirkner, Amy, MPT, ATP; Rehab Management, Vol. 17, No. 10, pp. 26-29
Publication Date: December 2004
Article discusses factors seating professionals should consider when prescribing seating technology for older clients. The authors contend the most significant consideration is the postural changes that often correspond with aging. It is essential that this population be provided with a seating system that provides support, pressure relief, cushioning, and comfort to protect against stress factors and other injuries. When choosing a cushion for a wheelchair, it is necessary to consider the weight of the wheelchair in combination with the cushion. Cushions should allow for energy conservation when performing daily propulsion activities. Clinicians should also determine which type of mobility device would best meet clients’ needs, as powered or manual wheelchairs can be chosen with consideration to level of functioning, transportation, environment, and lifestyle.
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