2017-08-23, The Right Technology at the Right Time: Considerations for Aging with SCI/D 08.23.17

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Ginger Walls, PT, MS, NCS, ATP/SMS will present. As clients age with a spinal cord injury/disease, mobility does not get easier. Challenges related to prevention of critical impairments related to skin, posture, pain, and repetitive stress injury also become more difficult to manage. Optimizing client independence, function and participation in the presence of increasing impairments is both the goal and the challenge for all stakeholders. Progressive seating/mobility technology options will be explored as clinical applications or interventions to maximize function and address impairments. Recognizing the client’s entire condition, including being able to identify that their needs are changing, is critical to successfully recommending and providing the optimal seating/mobility technology at the right time to meet their changing needs. Working with the client to identify their needs and to provide education about options, clinicians and assistive technology providers have the opportunity to assist clients with being able to maximize their health, independence and participation.

Learning Outcomes:
Participants will be able to identify 3 impairments, functional limitations or barriers to participation specific to clients aging with SCI that may be addressed by seating/mobility technology and signal a need to consider a change in technology. Participants will be able to identify 3 seating/mobility technology applications that can be implemented to address impairments, functional limitations or barriers to participation associated with aging with SCI.
Participants will be able to discuss 3 important social/environmental considerations for the therapist, clinician, assistive technology provider, and client to discuss when considering a change in assistive technology equipment.

Ginger is a Regional Clinical Education Manager for Permobil. She has over 27 years of experience as a physical therapist in the area of neuro rehab and wheelchair seating/mobility. 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 the area of seating/mobility for many years. She has presented at major industry conferences including ISS, RESNA, and the PVA Summit.