This course is geared to clear up common misconceptions of seating and positioning in long term care settings that create barriers for successful wheelchair positioning. After this course, a generalist therapist will be better informed on basic seating and positioning principles to better choose an appropriate wheelchair base, cushion and back support.
The participant will be able to name three common misconceptions that lead to poor posture in a wheelchair.
The participant will be able to name three reasons why a K0004 manual wheelchair is a better option than a K0001, K0002 or K0003 manual wheelchair when in institutional settings with limited funding.
The participant will be able to describe three negative consequences to the wheelchair user when using elevating leg rests on a manual wheelchair.
Ana Endsjo is an occupational therapist with a Master of Occupational Therapy degree from Nova Southeastern University.
Ana has worked as an occupational therapist since 2001, in a variety of treatment settings including: acute care, sub-acute care, outpatient, acute rehab, long term care, and as a lymphedema certified therapist. Her focus has been working with the geriatric population in seating and positioning and contracture management.
In January 2016, she started a new role with Comfort Company as the Clinical Education Manager for the long term care division. In this role, she developed an education program for long term care settings with the hope to guide other therapists, rehab directors, nurses, and administrators through educational guides, blogs, webinars, and live courses to understand the critical role proper wheelchair positioning plays in the prevention and treatment of serious health complications within long term care centers.
Ana joined the Permobil family in October 2017 and is excited to continue her efforts with the Permobil team as National Education Manager of the LTC Division.