Resource Review: Seating Sources to Turn To

Whether you’re new to the complex rehab seating world, or a veteran clinician or ATP looking to brainstorm about a particularly challenging situation, the Web can be a library you can turn to for inspiration 24/7. Check out the following resources from peers who know their positioning.

• ISS 2019 Webinars: The University of Pittsburgh hosted the 2019 International Seating Symposium on its home turf; view Webinars from that event for free, even if you didn’t attend the conference. Go to https://tinyurl.com/isspitt2019 to learn about topics ranging from head positioning to the effects of cushion setup and posture on tissue deformation.

• Permobil Academy: Go to permobilus.com>Education>Permobil Academy. You’ll find on-demand Webinars, blog posts, and illustrated Guides on topics such as Wheelchair Seating & Positioning Guide for LTC [Long-Term Care]. Under Blogs, click on Wheelchair Seating for posts such as “The Importance of Seat-to-Back Angle in Pressure Redistribution.”

• Sunrise Medical’s Education in Motion: Go to www.sunrisemedical.com/resources/education-in-motion. Read blog posts such as “Tips for Selecting Prefabricated Wheelchair Backs.” Don’t miss “Seating Shapes” under the Resource Updates section; via illustrations, this article shows, for instance, what can happen if a backrest provides a client with too little posterior thoracic support or too much. Illustrations of side views and views from the back further demonstrate what these problematic “shapes” can look like.

• Seating Dynamics: If you’re not getting the free “Always in Motion” newsletter — great title for an educational bulletin from a seating manufacturer known for its dynamic seating components — sign up at www.seatingdynamics.com. Recent entries include “Dynamic Seating for Persons with Spinal Cord Injury” and video on “Evaluation, Simulation and Dynamic Seating Trials,” which features Michelle Lange, OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS, demonstrating how dynamic seating can work with wheelchair clients.

• EasyStand’s Funding Guide: Standing isn’t seating, but it’s absolutely a critical positioning option! Go to https://easystand.com/funding-guide/ to find help with the standing assessment and documentation process, from who should be on the evaluation team (and what their roles are), to coding and writing that all-important Letter of Medical Necessity. Plus, you can refresh your memory regarding the many benefits of standing for mind and body.

About the Author

Laurie Watanabe is the editor of Mobility Management. She can be reached at lwatanabe@1105media.com.

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