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Wheelchair Seating Assessment

Safe and independent mobility is an important aspect in everyone's life.  Functional mobility can be limited by decreased strength and endurance as a result of multiple medical complications.  Regardless of the source of mobility deficit, it is the job of therapy to assist with improving one's ability to be safe and independent with mobility.  When therapy services are not enough to enable an individual to ambulate and complete daily activities safely, a manual or powered mobility device may be needed. 

The Rehabilitation Services Department of Presence St. Mary's Hospital offers seating and mobility evaluations to determine a client's functional need for a manual wheelchair, powered wheelchair, or powered scooter.  During these evaluations, an experienced therapist assesses the individual's strength, range of motion, posture, and functional deficits related to decreased or limited mobility.  Recommendations are then made as to what type of mobility device would be beneficial along with possible features to better improve posture and mobility.  The therapist will then take measurements to ensure a proper fit of the device and will then communicate this information to the referring physician. 

With an improved posture and seating system, an individual can become more safe and independent with self-feeding, dressing, toileting, meal preparation, and community mobility.  Digestion, swallowing, skin integrity, and breathing are also improved with the ability to sit properly using a mobility device.  It is important to note that this evaluation does not guarantee a powered mobility device; it is a necessary step in the application process.





For more information or to make an appointment, please call (815) 937-8220.

Presence St. Mary's Hospital Rehabilitation Services  |  815.937.8220
500 West Court St, Kankakee, IL  |  21 Heritage Drive, Bourbonnais, IL


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