The purpose of the clinical evaluation is to determine your mobility goals. It’s critical to our team that you feel heard & respected during this process! Your clinical team documents your medical and surgical history and makes a list of wants/needs specified by you and your caregiver.
The physical assessment typically begins with a mat evaluation. During this evaluation, an occupational or physical therapist tests your functional mobility skills. They will also test skills related to your activities of daily living (ADL). Your ATP may also use trial equipment to evaluate how other technological options that can improve your mobility.
After the mat evaluation, your ATP and clinical team will asses your balance and utilize a “pressure mapping” tool to assist in evaluating and selecting optimal seating solutions. This process helps identify any points of contact that may be highly susceptible to pressure injuries. After gathering this information, our team recommends the most appropriate mobility base and seating. You are then empowered to optimize your overall experience inside your wheelchair. We realize how much time you spend in your seat & take every measure to ensure your comfort.
The final step is essential for your overall comfort & ability to stay in your chair for extended amounts of time. Your ATP takes a series of measurements; the linear and angular measurements are necessary to design a customized wheelchair and seating system specific to your personal and medical needs.
Once this part of the process has concluded, the funding & creation of your chair can begin & within weeks; you will be able to start your new life in your perfectly customized chair.
The process flows as follows: