Mobility Management Podcast

Mobility Management Podcast

The complex rehab technology (CRT) industry includes seating and mobility clinicians and providers, funding and policy specialists, rehab engineers, manufacturers and, of course, consumers and their families. Join Editor Laurie Watanabe as these stakeholders share their insights, predictions and hopes for CRT. Whether you design, manufacture, recommend, build, fit, service or fund seating and mobility, our podcasts offer personal perspectives from CRT’s front lines.

Great Expectations: CRT Marketing in the New Normal

Sep 03, 2020

Companies often cut their marketing budgets in tough times. But marketing veteran Barry Steelman of Steelman Marketing explains how and why a focused marketing strategy can pay off, while debunking the marketing myth that you need a huge marketing budget to make a big impact.

Duration: 22 min

29 Frames Per Second: Keys to Successful Telehealth Outcomes

Aug 14, 2020

What are the keys to successful telehealth outcomes involving highly complex power wheelchairs with alternative driving controls? When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, Steve Mitchell, OTR/L, ATP, needed a new process to configure those types of power chairs for veterans with ALS, SCI, or advanced multiple sclerosis at the VA Northeast Ohio Healthcare System in Cleveland. Here's what he's learned so far.

Duration: 26 min

How a Pandemic Could Change the Lives of People with Disabilities

Jul 27, 2020

The COVID-19 public health emergency is changing policies and daily routines around the world. But could changes made because of the pandemic actually support people with disabilities by creating a more inclusive, accessible world? Numotion Ambassador Karen Roy talks about how this pandemic could impact how people with disabilities live, work and learn going forward... and why people with disabilities need to be included in vital discussions.

Duration: 23 min

Tilt Talk: Posterior, Anterior, Lateral

Jul 19, 2020

Posterior, anterior, and lateral tilt can be used alone or in combination to achieve a number of client goals, from improving visual field or reaching abilities to facilitating transfers, weight shifting, and providing greater stability while sitting. Amylior's Brad Peterson talks about the importance of understanding functional goals when choosing any powered seating option... and why early success is so important to the client experience.

Duration: 23 min

Advocacy in a Pandemic: An NCART Conversation

Jun 27, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic greatly tested the Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) industry. With reopenings now on the rise, what's next for CRT regarding federal and state policies? What are NCART's advocacy priorities? And what can the industry expect next? NCART's Don Clayback and Mickae Lee discuss advocacy during the pandemic's next stages.

Duration: 33 min

Wheelchair Footprints in Real Life

May 19, 2020

Wheelchair maneuverability is determined by much more than a wheelchair's width and length. Russ Rolt of PDG Mobility talks about understanding how manual and power wheelchair designs affect how wheelchairs navigate in various environments... as well as how the human factor ultimately impacts wheelchair success.

Duration: 19 min

Then & Now: A Conversation with Ming Chang

May 12, 2020

CRT industry veteran Ming Chang is starting a new venture... in the midst of a pandemic. In this edition of "Then & Now," he explains how he's come full circle in CRT, and also what he's been hearing and learning from ATPs working during truly extraordinary times.

Duration: 22 min

How Great ATPs Are Made

Apr 27, 2020

Bill Mixon, CEO of National Seating & Mobility, discusses the qualities and experiences — from leadership skills to education and mentoring — that create successful Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs), and how and why the best ATP suppliers can lift up the entire Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) industry.

Duration: 18 min

Compliance: Doing Things the Right Way Is Never Wrong

Aug 29, 2019

Compliance isn't just a good corporate policy. Implemented the right way, it can earn Complex Rehab Technology providers the crucial trust of clinicians, referral sources, payors and consumers. Tim Casey, Chief Compliance Officer/General Counsel for Numotion, discusses why traditional "fear-based" compliance isn't nearly as effective as making compliance a matter of everyday leadership, communication and education… and the tremendous dividends that can result.

Duration: 31 min

Power-Assist from a Proactive Perspective

Aug 02, 2019

Power-assist systems that support self-propulsion among manual wheelchair users isn't a new technology. But what is new is applying this technology proactively, rather than as a response to injury or chronic fatigue. Permobil's Curtis Merring, OTR, MOT, explains why power-assist should be considered for more wheelchair users, and the advantages of using this technology early in a wheelchair user's life.

Duration: 22 min

Applications for Active Reach & Active Height

Jul 13, 2019

When anterior (forward) tilt combines with seat elevation, the results are what Permobil calls “Active Reach” and “Active Height,” the ability for power wheelchair users to more safely and efficiently perform activities of daily living ranging from transfers to cooking, eating and brushing their teeth. Ginger Walls, PT, MS, NCS, ATP/SMS, the Regional Clinical Education Manager for Permobil, explains the applications for this new powered seating combination, as well as the funding landscape.

Duration: 28 min

Gait Training with a Dynamic Component

Jul 12, 2019

Gait training has so many benefits, not only for mobility (with a goal of independent mobility), but also for many bodily functions, not to mention cognitive and social development. But adding a dynamic component to more closely simulate how the body moves as it ambulates can have a tremendous impact on success. Elena Noble, PT, MPT, from Rifton discusses the advantages to introducing a dynamic component to pediatric gait-training programs.

Duration: 26 min

Mobility Management Podcast