The Rehabilitation Department at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital offers a unique program for the evaluation of seating and mobility options for patients requiring long-term use of wheelchairs and for children with other seating needs. The programs take an interdisciplinary approach, involving occupational therapy, physical therapy, seating specialists (vendors), physicians, patients and family members.
Patients are interviewed to assess their home, work, and leisure situations to begin the process of deciding on an appropriate type of chair. Then they are thoroughly evaluated for physical and structural specifications, pain issues, and special positioning considerations. Specific customized seating system evaluations may also be performed. Patients are often able to try different seating options before a purchase is made and are also trained to move safely in different environments. Follow up visits may be needed for adjustments or further training. The program also evaluates the need for repairs, upgrades, or other changes for established patients in the program.