Keep the big picture in mind
A wheelchair should be appropriate to the client’s body ‘size’ and ‘shape’ to optimise pressure care, postural alignment and maximise an individual’s comfort and functional abilities. It should enable the client to function in their life roles and in their environment.
A thorough initial interview, a MAT evaluation and body measurement should be conducted as part of seating and wheeled mobility assessment (see Module 2-5). A detailed record of the current mobility system is often the baseline for manual wheelchair assessments and interventions.