A Beginner’s Guide to Navigating Complex Rehab Technology: Power Mobility

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Target Audience This program is designed for Occupational Therapists, Occupational Therapy Assistants, Physical Therapists, Physical Therapist Assistants, Assistive Technology Professionals, and Medical Suppliers/Providers.

Course Overview:
This one-hour, live course is intended for clinicians and equipment suppliers who have a desire to understand the steps needed to be successful in the provision of complex power wheelchair rehabilitation technology (CRT).  In many care settings, where time and resources are limited, there can be potential to overlook clients who may need complex power wheelchair solutions but are only provided with basic equipment.  When a client with long-term wheeled mobility needs is prescribed a product intended for short-term use, secondary complications can occur.   This course is intended to be an overview to transitioning your practice from general use and standard equipment to the ideas of best practice tissue protection, power weight shifting and mobility solutions for long-term successful outcomes using today’s technology.

The course will utilize clinical applications of individual cases where outcomes could be improved with simple understanding of how to navigate the equipment provision landscape in accordance to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability & Health (ICF).  In addition, guidance and tools will be provided to assist with clinical decision-making process, to take the guess work out of who needs complex rehab technology.  Upon completion of this course, attendees will feel prepared to initiate referrals, recommend appropriate equipment, and optimize client outcomes for success with long-term power wheeled mobility solutions.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Utilize the ICF model to identify three indications that a person may need an evaluation for a CRT power wheelchair or power assist device.
  2. Compare three clinically relevant differences among front, mid, and rear-wheel drive power wheelchairs in functional performance for indoor and outdoor mobility.
  3. Analyze how five different power seat functions are used in everyday life for health, function and participation.
  4. Discuss two potential training techniques to allow for initiation of power mobility and power seat function utilization.

Instructor: Leslie Wade, MOT, OTR/L

Date: August 19, 2020

Time: 4:00PM – 5:00 PM EST

Cost: FREE

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ProCert: ProCert has awarded certification in the amount of 1 Continuing Competence Units (CCUs) to this activity. CCUs are a unit of relative value of an activity based on its evaluation against a rigorous and comprehensive set of standards representing the quality of an activity. The CCU determination is a valuation applying many factors including, but not limited to, duration of the activity. No conclusion should be drawn that CCUs correlate to time (e.g. hours).

Permobil Academy: Permobil Academy has been reviewed and approved as an AOTA Approved Provider by The American Occupational Therapy Association, Inc., 4720 Montgomery Lane, Bethesda, MD 20814. Permobil Academy has awarded .1 AOTA CEUs to participants who successfully complete this program. The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA. Permobil Academy is a division of Permobil, Inc.

Instructor: Leslie Wade, MOT,OTR/L

Leslie received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. She practiced occupational therapy as a full-time clinician from graduation to February 2019. To maintain her clinical skills, she continues to serve as a PRN therapist on an inpatient rehabilitation unit. In 2005 she followed her passion and specialized as a primary therapist for patients with spinal cord injuries. Through this she has learned the invaluable need for proper seating and positioning. Starting in 2009, Leslie served as the VCU Health Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Champion. This opportunity provided her with extensive experience in program development, education, mentoring, and leadership. Leslie has provided countless in-services for colleagues, as well as teach at the Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Nursing programs at VCU. Leslie has participated in hospital wide interdisciplinary initiatives focused on early mobilization, bariatrics, patient falls/safety, and spinal cord injury. Leslie joined Permobil as a Regional Clinical Education Manager in February of 2019.