If you depend on a wheelchair, either power or manual, you know how it can affect your level of mobility and independence. Selecting the proper wheelchair is important as it determines your ease of movement and your level of freedom in all aspects of daily life.
St. Lawrence offers a highly specialized clinic in wheelchair and seating assessment. It is the only one of its kind in central New Jersey. A team of professionals including a physician, physical and or occupational therapist, and a wheelchair vendor representative will help you choose by thoroughly evaluating your individual medical condition and lifestyle. A licensed therapist will assess your range of motion, strength, functional mobility, coordination, postural alignment, sensation and balance as they relate to your wheelchair seating and mobility needs. Your home and work environments and your recreational and social activities will be considered in selecting a wheelchair. You will also have the opportunity to trial different wheelchairs and seating systems to assist you in making the best choice.
The professional team will obtain a prescription and write a letter of medical necessity for the wheelchair in order to justify reimbursement through your insurance company, providing you meet the qualifications. A preferred certified vendor will order the chair and handle all maintenance requirements of the wheelchair. The team will schedule follow-up appointments as needed to make adjustments to the chair and ensure your satisfaction with the fit and performance of your new wheelchair.
When customizing a wheelchair to best fit your needs we will consider the following:
We can help you select a wheelchair that best suits your needs.
- Power or manual mobility needs
- Frame design and weight
- Construction, durability, adjustability
- Seat cushion and back support for skin integrity and postural needs
- Environments and terrains encountered during use