Positioning in a IVfteefcftair, A Guide for Professional Caregivers of the Disabled Adult. (2nd ed) Jan K. Mayall & Guylaine Desharnais; Thorofare, NJ: SLACK Incorporated; 1 995; 1 50 pages, softcover
Initially, wheelchairs were designed to provide transportation for individuals with mobility impairments. Now they are used frequently as seating for many residents of longterm and acute care facilities. Wheelchairs are purchased as commodity items with no consideration to the individual's specific wheelchair needs.
Positioning in a Wheelchair, A Guide for Professional Caregivers of the Disabled Adult is written by two occupational therapists who outline the importance of individualized assessments and interventions for a variety of sitting postural problems. The effects of poor posturing can result in a myriad of problems including: impaired skin integrity, alterations in comfort, self-care deficit related to feeding, impaired verbal communication and contractures. With many photographs and diagrams, the authors provide instructions for correcting postural problems of the pelvis, lower extremities, the trunk, head and neck and the upper extremities.
The book is written for occupational, physical and other rehabilitation therapists. The interventions outlined for correcting wheelchair-related postural problems are useful for all who care for older adults who spend much of their days in wheelchairs.