Who would benefit from Occupational Therapy's Wheel Chair Clinic?
Those who may benefit, but are not limited to, are those 15 years and older who have been diagnosed with:
• Muscular Dystrophy
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Traumatic Head Injuries
• Multiple Sclerosis
• Cerebral Palsy
• Spina Bifida
DRMC Occupational Therapy Wheel Chair Clinic Location
Clinic days will be held at the DRMC East Hospital (Maple Avenue). Scheduled appointments are required. Please feel free to contact the DRMC Occupational Therapy Wheelchair Clinic at (814) 375-3372 with any questions.
Occupational Therapy Wheel Chair Clinic
So you want to be able to interact with your family and friends within your home, workplace, and community, but you need someone else to get you there because you have limited mobility. The Occupational Therapy Wheelchair Clinic at DuBois Regional Medical Center, strives to create independence with mobility so you can get where you want to go.
The interdisciplinary team at the DRMC Occupational Therapy Wheelchair Clinic works to identify your mobility needs so that you can become more independent with your daily activities. The interdisciplinary team consists of physicians, occupational therapists, and technology suppliers. Their goal is the same as your goal, to get you independent and moving.
After determining your mobility needs, the team will recommend the most appropriate device to improve your level of independence. They will work to provide you with a commercially available or customized mobility device.
It’s important to note, that just because you have insurance does not guarantee coverage of a wheeled mobility device.
How It Works
In order to be evaluated at the DRMC Occupational Therapy Wheelchair Clinic, you must have an order from your treating physician and documented medical necessity. Once you have the appropriate order, an appointment will be setup for you to be evaluated by the occupational therapist at the Wheelchair Clinic. Evaluations can be one to two hours. The occupational therapist will begin by interviewing you and your family / caregiver to determine your current abilities and needs. The occupational therapist will evaluate your physical motor abilities, including the function of your arms and legs and your posture. The occupational therapist and technology supplier will assess your current form of mobility to determine a more appropriate device for you to be independent within your home, workplace, and community. A home evaluation may also be completed to ensure that your new mobility device will work for you in your home. You may also be required to have a physical examination completed by a physician. You may work with a technology supplier of your choice, but they must follow the established guidelines of the DRMC Occupational Therapy Wheelchair Clinic. If you do not have a supplier of choice, you will be able to work with the supplier scheduled for the clinic the day you are there. Please refer to (www.resna.org) the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistance Technology Society of North America and (www.nrrts.org) , the National Registry of Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers for more information regarding the benefits of working with trained suppliers.
After the Evaluation Process
Once you are fitted with a new mobility device, you may be scheduled to return to the DRMC Occupational Therapy Wheelchair Clinic for a final fitting and for appropriate training. If needed, you will work with the technology supplier for any maintenance or repairs.
Types of Mobility Devices at the DRMC Occupational Therapy Wheel Chair Clinic
• Manual wheelchairs
• Specialized manual wheelchairs
• Power wheelchairs
• Power scooters
The DRMC Wheelchair Clinic is collaborating with the University of Pittsburgh as co-investigators to conduct the first ever Telerehabilitation program. The telerehabilitation program is being conducted as a research study to determine whether or not patients are receiving the most appropriate wheeled mobility device. Patients may be asked to participate if the criterion is met. Patients are not obligated to participate. Please refer to (www.rerctr.pitt.edu), the RERC on Telerehabilitation for more information.
For more information regarding wheeled mobility devices, please refer to www.wheelchairnet.org.