Open Access Capstone
Doctor of Occupational Therapy (OTD)
The United States (U.S.) population is aging resulting in an increase in Skilled Nursing Home (SNF) residents. A larger proportion of SNF residents rely on wheelchairs for mobility. Currently there are no studies that determine the processes, which therapists utilize to correctly fit their clients for wheelchairs. Poor fitting wheelchairs can have a negative impact on the residents’ ability to participate in occupational activities. Residents may also suffer physical or psychological consequences from an ill-fitting wheelchair. Therapists in SNFs often have no established criteria in providing wheelchairs for their clients. There can be institutional barriers to providing appropriate wheelchairs for their clients. Due to the large cost associated with providing MWCs and the large number of SNF residents who could benefit from them, understanding the recommendations from therapists can decrease possible waste and enhance provision of appropriate wheelchairs. The purpose of this quantitative survey design was to examine the perceptions therapists have on their experiences providing MWCs to SNF residents. The process for supplying MWSs to residents can be time consuming, expensive and met with resistance from administrators, insurance companies and even families. Funding for MWC can vary from state to state and there are no studies to determine best practice to supply wheelchairs to SNF residents.
Allen Keener, OTD, MS, OTR/L, ATP
Renee Causey-Upton, PhD, OTD, OTR/L, CLA, FAOTA
2023 Vincent G Campbell
Campbell, Vincent, "Skilled Nuring Facilities Therapists' Experiences with Acquiring Wheelchairs for Their Clients" (2023). Occupational Therapy Doctorate Capstone Projects. 112.
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