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Features or Specifications: Is it just semantics or is it catching some of us out?

As technology has evolved, so too has the technology, materials and electronics that go into powered mobility base designs.  Most complex rehabilitation bases are now modular in nature, meaning multiple components can be combined to provide a solution that is unique to an individual. Some of these components are essential to the build of the…

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Alternate Drive Controls

My most influential mentor once told me that the only pre-requisite for independent mobility is the motivation to move, a statement I have often reflected on and referred to throughout my career. There may be learning or training requirements to reach successful outcomes and specialised set up and inputs may be required but often the…

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What is a cost effective solution?

Cost effectiveness is something we need to consider when recommending mobility equipment for a person, but what exactly is a cost effective solution?  A cost effective solution is not necessarily a low cost solution, or the cheapest solution of a particular type of equipment. When considering whether an item is a cost effective solution we do need to consider the initial purchase price, but we also need to consider a range…

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To Change or Not to Change – When Mid-Wheel Drive Chairs Prove Challenging

A frequent conversation I’ve had in recent weeks has been around drive wheel configuration and working out what drive wheel configuration may best meet a person’s needs.    In this part of the world we frequently prescribe mid-wheel drive (MWD) power wheelchairs, with their maneuverability working well in a variety of indoor spaces and improvements in suspension making them more user friendly outdoors, meeting an assortment of needs.…

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Is the Headrest Just an Accessory?

When prescribing a wheelchair and seating system there is usually discussion on what are blanket-branded as accessories. When we look at the definition of an “accessory” we find:   NOUN – a thing which can be added to something else in order to make it more useful, versatile, or attractive. “a range of bathroom accessories”  synonyms: attachment · extra · addition · add-on · retrofit · adjunct ·…

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Are We Reactive Or Proactive in Our Approach to AT?

This is something that I recently thought about when teaching a course on power assist. This topic does not just relate to power assist but to all Assistive Technology (AT). First, let’s define what I mean when I say proactive versus reactive. The dictionary defines proactive as “taking action by causing change and not only…

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When Do We Consider Renting AT Equipment?

Today we will discuss some situations where rental may be a beneficial option to consider. Over the years I have been contacted frequently about renting Assistive Technology (AT) for mobility and seating, from basic entry level through to complex solutions. Interim Use Interim use often refers to short term use whilst waiting for your regular…

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Funding Reports and the Wheelchair Outcome Measure (WhOM)

Our last three webinars for 2020 are looking at funding and how to write successful funding reports. Writing reports is a skill that some of us struggle more with than others, where understanding what information is vital to the funding report can be a challenge. In today’s blog we take a look at the Wheelchair Outcome…

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