Wheelchair Seating Clinic

Seating and Mobility Services at Shepherd Center

The Wheelchair Seating Clinic at Shepherd Center offers people with disabilities a variety of seating and mobility services. Therapists help people make decisions about seating and mobility devices to address their needs and perform activities of daily living. Before your seating clinic appointment, a seating and mobility specialist contacts you to select a durable medical equipment (DME) supplier. A DME supplier sells wheelchairs and other medical equipment. The seating clinic staff then informs your preferred supplier about your appointment time and date. Shepherd Center does not provide or sell any equipment. Your supplier attends your evaluation and works with the seating clinic staff provides equipment options. In addition, your supplier answers your questions about funding, delivery and service of your custom equipment.

When your equipment is approved, we recommend that patients returning to the seating clinic for delivery and proper fitting of your equipment. This service ensures that the prescribed equipment fits appropriately and adjustments maximize function and postural support.

We strongly recommend that you make yearly appointments with your supplier. Regular maintenance and adjustments keep your equipment safe and operational for years.

Seating and Mobility Services Provided

A therapist performs one or more of the following evaluations to address each person's specific needs:

Posture evaluation determines the flexibility of postural impairments. Based on the evaluation, your specialist recommends appropriate seating system options to address balance and improve posture. We also collect measurements to fit the wheelchair and seating system to the individual.

Wheelchair evaluation determines the most efficient and functional means of mobility. Shepherd Center offers a variety of manual and power wheelchairs from many manufacturers for patients to try. Control systems that can also be set up on a power wheelchair to evaluate and train patients to drive a power wheelchair. A functional evaluation helps identify equipment that allows each person the most independence in transfers, weight shifts, and daily activities.

Pressure mapping evaluation determines the most appropriate wheelchair cushion and back rest to effectively distribute pressure. An educational and assessment tool, this mapping system identifies the areas of highest risk for skin breakdown. This system also aids in the selection of a cushion and seating system to effectively redistribute pressures for each individual.

Wheelchair training optimizes function in multiple environments. Shepherd Center’s terrain garden simulates obstacles frequently encountered in a person’s typical environment to improve mobility and independence. Options include grass, gravel, sloped sidewalks, curb cuts and multiple height curbs.

Additional Wheelchair Seating Information

Get more information about scheduling an appointment at Shepherd Center’s Wheelchair Seating Clinic. A current physician referral is required to set an appointment. See the links below for more information for frequently asked questions about the Wheelchair Seating Clinic.

To schedule an appointment, call 404-350-7760.