The purpose of this 1-hour interactive course is to consider practical strategies related to the seating and positioning evaluation and recommendations for older adults. Older adults experience changes related to the aging process, but also may experience a number of other health issues. These individuals may demonstrate skin and tissue issues due to a variety of co-morbidities, cognitive changes and functional limitations.
This course will provide an overview of seating and positioning considerations for this population, including the clinical decision-making process. The best practice applications of wheelchair cushions, back and secondary supports to promote safety, optimal skin/tissue health, mobility and independence will be discussed. Considerations for set up, maintenance and proper use of seating components will be discussed.
Clinical evidence and case examples will be utilized to demonstrate best practice for seating and positioning solutions for this population. Various client presentations and equipment choices will be discussed, highlighting the process leading to equipment recommendation, justification, and training by the team.
By the end of this course, clinicians will have a better understanding of the changes that older adults or clients aging with a disability experience, as well as the ability to utilize best practice decision making in recommendations and training related to wheelchair seating and positioning for these individuals.