Many individuals with various neurologic conditions utilize a wheelchair as their primary means of mobility. However, the needs of wheelchair users are highly variable. Therefore, there are important considerations for wheelchair prescription in order to optimize the functional independence of the wheelchair user. This course will give physical therapists and physical therapist assistants strategies and tools for configuration of the seating system through proper selection of wheelchair components and accessories in order to optimize patients’ function and mobility.
At the conclusion of this program, the learner will be able to:
1.) Identify 3 key considerations when recommending power vs. manual wheelchair
2.) Understand the different components of a manual wheelchair and transfer implications
3.) Identify additional accessories to increase patient independence
4.) Understand how to document functional progression without impacting wheelchair funding
Adele Bosquez, PT, DPT, NCS, ATC, LAT graduated from TWU in 2010 with her DPT. She is a Physical Therapist on the Spinal Cord Injury Program at TIRR Memorial Hermann. She has coordinated multiple community re-integration programs including developing TIRR’s Community Dining program in 2011. Adele also specializes in locomotor training and has treated patients in this capacity as part of TIRR’s involvement in the Neuo-Recovery Network. She specializes in community re-integration following catastrophic injury and is a co-leader of CRP (Community Reintegration Program) at TIRR Memorial Hermann. In her spare time, Adele enjoys volunteering in the community and traveling with family and friends.
Erin Henry, OTR, M.O.T. earned her Masters of Occupational Therapy from TWU. She worked at Quentin Mease for 2 years before taking on a job on the SCI Team here at TIRR 18 years ago. Her primary specialty is high cervical vent patients, seating and mobility, and UE Amputee programs. She has developed many groups here at TIRR such as SCI Functional Group for high tetras to address UE, hand, or mouthstick skills. She is one of the group leaders for the CRP (community reintegration program) for patients returning to the community for the first time post injury. For several years, Erin taught the Bowel, Bladder, Skin, and Sexuality patient education classes at TIRR. She is also adjunct faculty at Coleman College for Health Science' OTA program and routinely mentors new staff and participates in the student fieldwork here at TIRR. Her passion is SCI population and thinking outside the box with difficult patient issues.
PT/PTA Member: $0.00
PT/PTA non-member: $10.00
PT/PTA Student: $0.00