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Let’s Roll! The Art of Performing Seating & Mobility Evaluations

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Incorporating Assistive Technology An estimated 1.6 million Americans utilize assistive technology to achieve improved independence. For health care worker...
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Faculty:
Kirsten Davin |  Trisha Farmer
Duration:
5 Hours 23 Minutes
Format:
Audio and Video
Copyright:
Sep 12, 2017

Description

Incorporating Assistive Technology

An estimated 1.6 million Americans utilize assistive technology to achieve improved independence. For health care workers, the responsibility of evaluating clients, determining needs, and seeking out the most appropriate form of assistive technology, such as powered mobility, augmentative or assistive communication technology, wheelchair seating systems, and more can often be quite intimidating.

Back by popular demand and all new!  Dr. Davin has designed this recording to provide health care professionals and therapists with a working knowledge of performing seating and mobility evaluations, troubleshooting existing seating systems, as well as the skills to incorporate assistive technology into therapeutic practice to increase their client’s independence.  Evaluation and assessment techniques and procedures will be presented, including common diagnoses which often warrant alternative mobility, controls or other forms of assistive technology. Information regarding a variety of cutting edge equipment, including mobility bases, seating and positioning options will be reviewed, as well as the abundance of features which may be obtained to increase the client’s overall functional independence. Funding sources will be identified, and participants will receive detailed instruction regarding the development of letters of medical necessity, as well as key elements to include in such documents for equipment approval.

For those currently struggling with patients in poor sitting positions, whether it is in a skilled nursing facility, acute care center, home health setting or elsewhere, this recording is a must!

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Outline

OVERVIEW OF ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EQUIPMENT

  • Power wheelchairs
    • Center, front, and rear wheel drive chair comparison
    • Turning radius, environmental benefits/liabilities
  • Manual wheelchairs
    • Standard, lightweight, and ultra-lightweight chair comparison
    • Turning radius, environmental benefits/liabilities
  • Bariatric wheelchairs, seating systems and product lines
  • Seating systems
    • Overview of cushion types
      • Comparison and selection algorithm
      • New, cost efficient and, easy-to-implement equipment
    • Seating accessories
  • Augmentative and alternative communication
    • Easy to implement, tech friendly options

PERFORMANCE OF THE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY (SEATING/MOBILITY) EVALUATION

  • Referral process
  • Client assessment process
    • Evaluate client’s current equipment
    • Obtain client’s medical and functional history
    • Home environment
    • Physical assessment
    • Obtainment of anthropometric measurements
      • Hands-on measurement lab
      • Measurement application to troubleshooting
    • Identification of orthopedic deformities
  • Review of sample evaluation (case study example)

EQUIPMENT SELECTION PROCESS

  • Determine the appropriate equipment based upon client’s needs and presentation
  • Equipment algorithms
  • Alternative equipment options for low budget situations

DEVELOPING THE LETTER OF MEDICAL NECESSITY TO OBTAIN FUNDING

  • Design of letter of medical necessity
  • Review of sample letter of medical necessity

TROUBLESHOOTING THE CLIENT’S CURRENT EQUIPMENT

  • Extensive review of a multitude of problem seating situations with solutions!
    • Forward flexion, “pulling out” of wheelchair (w/c), “sliding forward” from seating system, lateral leaning in w/c, and more!
  • Low cost options to improving the client’s current equipment
  • An abundance of case studies, images and solutions to your toughest seating issues!

CLOSING, QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

Faculty

Kirsten Davin, OTD, OTR/L, ATP, SMS Related seminars and products: 4


Dr. Kirsten Davin, OTDR/L, ATP, SMS, is a veteran Occupational Therapist of over 16 years with extensive experience in a variety of inpatient and acute care practice since obtaining her occupational therapy degree in 2001. She is best known for her live, national speaking tours, as she has conducted thousands of workshops and courses on the topics of splinting, seating/positioning, assistive technology, acute care assessment and intervention, and work/life balance.

Kirsten received her Doctorate in Occupational Therapy in 2007, and graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2001. She was most recently named the 2016 recipient of the VGM HME (Home Medical Equipment) Woman of the Year Award, presented at the fall MedTrade conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Kirsten Davin receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Kirsten Davin has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.


Trisha Farmer, COTA/L Related seminars and products: 1


Trisha Farmer, COTA/L, a nationally renowned speaker and educator, holds extensive experience in all aspects of acute care, including neurology, complex trauma, orthopedics and a multitude of diagnoses involving medically complex and clinically fragile patients. Clinically, she is currently employed within a Level I Trauma Center, which holds a nationally recognized stroke center and Regional Burn Center, where she routinely develops innovative and evidence-based treatment plans for patient’s experiencing a wide variety of diagnoses.

In addition to her clinical expertise, Trisha serves as a continuing education instructor for multiple organizations, specializing in the provision of continuing education in the field of acute care therapy as well as wheelchair seating/positioning.  In her spare time, Trisha works closely with volunteer and non-profit organizations with a focus on veterans and suicide awareness.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Trisha Farmer has an employment relationship with Memorial Medical Center; and Saint Louis University Hospital. She receives an honorarium from Performance Health Academy. Ms. Farmer receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Non-financial: Trisha Farmer has no relevant non-financial relationship to disclose.