When transitioning to a wheelchair be sure to see an OT for evaluation

When transitioning to a wheelchair be sure to see an OT for evaluation

I completely understand why I have the been in the wrong wheelchair all this time. I had a very different experience this morning in preparation for a new wheelchair. I was asked questions to start with. Questions about my home. What accommodations I have done in my home thus far? What is my bathroom shower set up? What is my bed I sleep in? How wide is my kitchen? What difficulties do I have in the bathroom with my current chair? Difficulties in the kitchen? Transfers, corners, rooms, hallways, living room, dinning room, you name it, they asked it. Then was my weight, height and measurements. Every measurement was taken from my head to my toes and all in between. My cushy hip size was not a number I was all too happy to hear. I never was measured in so many positions. I never was even measured. When I got my current chair the only questions asked were more about my mobility issues. This was about not only my mobility but what fits me best and what fits best in my surroundings. This new chair is literally being built specifically for ME. From the back rests to the seat cushions, this chair will be designed for my needs as a multiple sclerosis patient. This is set up for me to last and work for me, regardless of my progression, for the next 5 years. I will be able to fully recline as well as adjust the back for a more comfortable position so I won’t be crippled as I get when I’m in my current chair too long. Nothing even close to this was done when I purchased this current chair. That was partly my own fault because I didn’t realize there was a different way to go. Now I do. So for anyone transitioning to a wheelchair, get the wheelchair evaluation done with an OT therapist. It is the correct way to get the right chair.

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