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Power Wheelchair Seat Frame Comparison

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Power Wheelchair Seat Frame Comparison

 

After considering the importance of drive wheel position, often the next step in this process is deciding which seat frame will best meet the client’s needs both today and down the road. As we expect power wheelchairs to suit the client for multiple years, it is important to have adaptability and adjustability in the seat frame. Consider the client’s diagnosis, co-morbidities and potential for change in function, size and shape. Consider their skin integrity risk and how they mitigate these risks. How is the person able to perform a weight shift or position change; is this likely to change? Consider how the client gets in and out of the wheelchair; is this likely to change? Consider what activities the client wants to do while sitting in the wheelchair and what power seat functions are required to allow this participation?


The seat frame you choose will determine the weight capacity, seat size adjustability, compatibility with power seat functions and
postural support it offers. Each seat frame type will also have slightly different options for foot supports and arm supports which may affect how a client can function independently in their world.


As with all equipment decisions, there are always considerations and compromises but hopefully, by understanding the key features and benefits of each of the seat frame options, you can give advice to clients about which might best suit their lifestyle and usage.

 

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Clinical Support Information Citations

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2. Makhsous, M., Priebe, M., Bankard, J., Rowles, D., Zeigler, M., Chen, D., & Lin, F. (2007). Measuring tissue perfusion during pressure relief maneuvers: insights into
preventing pressure ulcers. The journal of spinal cord medicine, 30(5), 497.


3. Titus, L. C. (2013). How power tilt is used in daily life to manage sitting pressure: Perspectives of adults who use power tilt and therapists who prescribe this technology.
The University of Western Ontario electronic thesis and dissertation repository. https://ir.lib.uwo.ca/etd/1321/. Accessed January 16, 2014.

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