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State Spinal Cord Injury Service

Spinal Seating Modules

Key concepts in this module

  • Good power mobility provides the client with postural support, pressure care, functional abilities and access to community participation
  • When assessing for PWC, each component of the power wheelchair plays a part in meeting the client’s complex needs. A systematic approach in selecting and recording the components is needed
  • A PWC can be operated by small movements of any body part such as the hand, finger digit, shoulder, foot, head, lips and chin for a client with a high level of motor dysfunction. A precise seating posture and positioning is vital for the client to operate the PWC with controls devices effectively. Refer to Module 7
  • There are often compromises with selecting the appropriate seating, wheel configuration in powered wheelchair to meet the client’s clinical, functional and environmental needs. Clients should be given the pros and cons of the suitable options and relevant trials.
  • Good cognitive skill is required to use and navigate the options and settings of a full function wheelchair controller.
  • PWC customisation and wheelchair training must be provided in order to achieve a successful outcome.