Power Seat Functions: Moving Forward


Credits: .1 CEU
Presenter: Ginger Walls, PT, MS, NCS, ATP/SMS



Power wheelchair seat function provision is associated with numerous benefits to the end-user, including enhanced function, health, and participation in activities – increasing quality of life. This presentation will examine best practice application of power anterior tilt, in combination with other power seat functions, to facilitate optimal outcomes based on the ICF model, as well as end-user satisfaction. Clinical measurement tools and documentation strategies will also be considered.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will be able to discuss 2 common secondary health conditions or risks faced by wheelchair end-users and 2 ways that a wheelchair end-user can mitigate their risk for these conditions by using anterior tilt.
Participants will be able to describe 3 functional improvements the power wheelchair end-user may benefit from by using anterior tilt.
Participants will be able to identify 3 clinical tests/measures the clinician can utilize to measure and document functional improvement for a power wheelchair end-user to justify using anterior tilt.

Ginger is a Regional Clinical Education Manager for Permobil. She has over 29 years of experience as a physical therapist in neuro rehab and wheelchair seating/mobility. She has been with Permobil for 3.5 of those years. Previously, she directed Outpatient Therapy Clinics and the Seating/Mobility Program at Medstar National Rehabilitation Hospital in Washington, D.C. Additionally, Ginger has provided a variety of continuing education courses, articles, and lectures in seating/mobility for many years. She has presented at major industry conferences including ISS, RESNA, and the PVA Summit.