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Wheelchair Assessments & Fittings

Wheelchair Assessments & Fittings2019-09-03T17:21:50+00:00

WHEELCHAIR ASSESSMENTS

At Propel Physiotherapy, we have extensive experience conducting seating assessments, and prescribing appropriate seating devices. We strive to help our clients achieve their goals by providing thorough assessments, and using the findings to match our clients with the device that best suits their needs.

We have physiotherapists that are Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Authorizers, experienced in complex seating systems as well as straightforward prescriptions. Equipment prescribed may include manual and/or power wheelchairs, seating systems, and scooters.

SEATING & MOBILITY ASSESSMENT AND FITTINGS

Client history
Medical status, previous injuries or surgeries, and history of falls or other mobility-related accidents are determined.

Home and/or work environment 
Home or work environment is often assessed in order to determine accessibility and compatibility with proposed mobility equipment. Suggestions can often be made by the physiotherapist for simple ways to make the home environment safer when using a mobility aid.

Physical assessment
Range of motion, strength, static and dynamic balance, motor control, pain, muscle tone, skin integrity, vision, gait pattern, endurance, upper and lower extremity function, and current mobility status are among assessment areas.

Current equipment 
Wheelchairs, seating systems and ambulation aids currently in use are reviewed to determine which components worked well for the client, and which were problematic.

Client goals
Functional and mobility goals must be understood by the physiotherapist in order to ensure that the prescribed equipment will match the needs of the client. Caregiver needs are also considered in the prescription process.

Funding 
Applications for funding of mobility devices can be made to the Assistive Devices Program (ADP), as many of our therapists are Registered Authorizers with the Ambulation Aids, Wheelchairs and Positioning Devices/Seating Program at the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care. Applications for funding to third party payers such as auto insurance and WSIB can also be made by our physiotherapists, as appropriate.

Education
Clients are always educated in the safe and appropriate use of their equipment, including general maintenance. When manual wheelchairs are prescribed, advanced wheelchair skills, such as managing ramps and curbs, are taught as needed.

Follow-up
Once equipment has been delivered, the physiotherapist will ensure that it matches the specifications of the prescription, and that it is meeting the client’s needs as intended. When adjustments or modifications are required, the physiotherapist will liaise with vendors and technicians to ensure that the needed changes are made without delay.

QUESTIONS ABOUT ASSESSMENTS & FITTINGS? 

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OUR INTEGRATED PHYSICAL THERAPY SERVICES

We believe in helping our clients pursue optimal health and wellness through integrated health programs that include activity, education, and mindfulness. Propel Physiotherapy provides comprehensive client-centered care programs based on the most current, evidence-based techniques, and implemented in the most cost-effective manner possible. Once a program is tailored to your specific goals, treatment is delivered where it suits you best, whether that is in the home, at work, in your local pool or recreation centre, or in our specially-designed clinic spaces.

Let Us Bring Our Services To You

We recognize that not everyone is readily able to access one of our two physiotherapy clinics in Etobicoke and Pickering. For that reason, all of our services are mobile. Enjoy the benefits of our professional services in the comfort of your home, office or any suitable setting in your community.

After a full assessment of your needs and surroundings, one of our registered professionals will develop a program with your specific goals in mind to help you get to where you want in your physical health and wellness.

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TESTIMONIALS

“I had a traumatic brain injury and my progress has been outstanding thanks to the knowledge and encouragement of the staff in the clinic. Everyone is so friendly and welcoming, you can really tell they take pride in their work. I would definitely recommend this location because they produce results!”

– Michael 

“Came to Propel after dealing with a mid back issue for months. From the facilities to treatment, the whole experience was top notch. Hoong’s assessment was thorough and the treatment got me feeling better quickly. He also gave me some exercises to work on which have continued to help. Would definitely recommend!”

– Carlos

“I was injured severely 4 years ago. I have needed an abundance of physiotherapy as well as massage therapy. This clinic has given me by far the greatest and most successful care and rehabilitation to get back to my life. The staff are extremely knowledgeable in their field and not only treat you as a client but as a friend or family member.”

– Vanessa