Taking Control: Ideas for Increasing Success with a Standard Joystick

Taking Control: Ideas for Increasing Success with a Standard Joystick

13-05-2020

One of the areas that has evolved greatly over the years has been the way in which a user accesses the drive control of the power wheelchair. The creation of alternative drive controls such as head arrays, switches, mini-proportional joysticks, etc. have all opened up the world of independence through power mobility to individuals who are not able to use a standard joystick. However, there are some circumstances in which utilising a standard joystick is preferred for a variety of reasons.

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Adjustability in Power Rehab Seating in the Clinic

Adjustability in Power Rehab Seating in the Clinic

08-01-2020

As a member of a seating and mobility team in Long Island, New York, one of the more frustrating occurrences was delivering a wheelchair to a person who waited through the incredibly long justification, approval, and ordering process only to find out that the person had physically changed and the frame of the power wheelchair needed to go back to the dealer to be adjusted.

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A Few Words on Spokes

A Few Words on Spokes

20-11-2019

When I shared this month’s EIM spokes topic with a colleague (himself an unapologetic powered wheelchair geek), the response was ‘that sounds painful.’I am undeterred. Stay with me for a few paragraphs.

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Tips for Selecting Solid Wheelchair Backs

Tips for Selecting Solid Wheelchair Backs

20-11-2019

There is a plethora of prefabricated (off-the-shelf) wheelchair back supports on the market today. As a clinician, recommending the correct type of back support is only half the battle. Together with your equipment specialist (e.g. RTS, ATP, and/or manufacturer representative) you also need to make sure it is sized and set up appropriately to meet your client's needs.

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