Podcast Update: Russ Rolt on Wheelchair Footprints in the Real World

Accurate measurements are a vital part of the wheelchair evaluation, building and fitting process for people who use complex rehab technology.

Shoulder width, chest width, hip width, seat-to-floor height, overall wheelchair height… it can be very easy to focus intently on the measurements of the client in relation to the wheelchair, while paying less attention to how well those numbers will work within the client’s home and other everyday environments.

In Mobility Management’s latest podcast, Russ Rolt, Director of Sales for PDG Mobility, discusses wheelchair footprints in the real world, and why measurements on paper don’t tell the full story.

“Power chairs, generally speaking, are going to offer you a narrower footprint because you’re sitting on top of the wheels rather than between them,” Rolt said in the podcast.

“What doesn’t get factored in is where you’re turning from. Is it a 90-degree turn? How wide is the area you’re turning from? So the length could be just as critical as width in actually maneuvering within the home.”

Rolt also discusses how accessibility and maneuverability can impact the learning curve of a new wheelchair user, and offers a couple of practical, low- or no-cost accessibility solutions that can help.

Listen to “Wheelchair Footprints in Real Life” on Mobility Management’s Web site, or access the podcast on iTunes, Google Play or Stitcher.

About the Author

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

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