Your wheelchair is an integral part of your life – some people who use wheelchairs even say their device is an extension of their body.

The first step to getting a wheelchair that serves your needs is finding a wheelchair clinic.

What is a wheelchair clinic?

A wheelchair clinic, also known as a seating clinic or wheelchair seating clinic, is a specialized healthcare facility that focuses on assessing, fitting, and providing customized seating and mobility solutions for people who use wheelchairs. These clinics are staffed by healthcare professionals, involving physical therapists, occupational therapists, and seating specialists, who have expertise in wheelchair seating and mobility.

The number one goal of a wheelchair clinic is to ensure that people using wheelchairs have the most appropriate seating system to meet their physical needs, comfort, and functional requirements. This may involve assessing the individual’s posture, positioning, and mobility needs, as well as evaluating the fit and function of their current wheelchair or recommending a new wheelchair if necessary.

Wheelchair clinics typically offer assessments, including physical evaluations, and discussions about the person’s abilities, lifestyle, and activities. Based on this assessment, the clinic may recommend modifications to the wheelchair, such as custom seating cushions, backrests, or positioning supports, to improve comfort, posture, and mobility.

How do I find a wheelchair clinic?

A Google Search of wheelchair clinics in your area may be your first move. If you can’t find anything that would make sense for you, it may be helpful to call your DME provider to see if they have a recommended wheelchair clinic. You could also post in online communities (like a Facebook group) for wheelchair users or people with disabilities and ask for recommendations. Top of Form

Once you have a list of clinics, check their credentials. Look for clinics with certified seating specialists and a good reputation. Read reviews and testimonials from other wheelchair users to gauge the quality of service.

What’s Next?

  1. Contact your insurance provider:

Before scheduling an appointment, contact your insurance provider to verify coverage for wheelchair seating assessments and fittings. Ask if they have a list of approved clinics or if they require pre-authorization.

2. Schedule a consultation:

Contact the clinic to schedule a consultation.

You may or may not need a prescription from your MD to get into the clinic. You may want to inquire about this before you head into the clinic.

During the consultation, discuss your needs and expectations with the seating specialist. Ask about the assessment process, timeline, and any costs involved.

3. Attend the assessment:

Attend the scheduled assessment appointment. The seating specialist will evaluate your current wheelchair setup, posture, and positioning needs. They may also take measurements and discuss customization options.

Finding the right wheelchair seating clinic is crucial for maintaining comfort, mobility, and overall well-being. By following these steps and working closely with a certified seating specialist, you can find a clinic that meets your needs and ensures you have the best possible wheelchair for you and your lifestyle.

If you are interested in learning about the iBOT®, contact Mobius Mobility: call 833-346-4268, or email info@mobiusmobility.com.