Creating better posture for people in wheelchairs
24 Hour Postural Care: Supporting People with Impaired Movement
A Kalispell seminar Feb. 14 will address wellbeing for people with impaired mobility.
People with impaired movement frequently develop problems like contractures, dislocated joints and scoliosis resulting in diminished function and health. These secondary complications can lead to or worsen respiratory/digestive issues, pressure/skin integrity problems, pain and make feeding, hygiene care, transfers and dressing much more difficult.
The program will have a training Monday, February 13, 2017 - Tuesday, February 14, 2017
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Christ Episcopal Church
215 3rd Ave E
Kalispell, MT 59901
While we work to provide the best possible support for people in wheelchair seating systems, often that is where the effort ends. What happens when they are out of those seating systems? Is that “relaxed” position on the recliner or sofa detrimental? Could sleeping all night in asymmetrical postures be working against the supports offered during the day?
24 hour postural management or postural care has been discussed and developed since the 1970s outside North America, but in the United States it is a new approach not commonly used in a systematic way. This course provides background and theory for an eclectic approach to 24 hour postural management, including instruction in practical strategies for implementation. Hands-on practice with therapeutic positioning offers experience in planning postural care interventions that will be successful. Other developed countries are far ahead of us in recognizing the role of 24 hour positioning as a non-invasive way to support the health and well-being of persons who cannot easily change their positions frequently throughout the day and night. Join us to learn more about what you can do as a professional or family member to support people who can benefit from 24 hour postural care!
14 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for therapists upon completion of the full two day course.
Both days of the course will include a simple lunch with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
Tamara Kittelson-Aldred is an Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Professional/Seating and Mobility Specialist, and Project Director, Posture 24/7
501 East Central Avenue