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Enhancing function: The power of power assist devices

(1 hr./ 0.1 CEU/CCU)

AOTA Category:  OT Service Delivery

  • CEUs/Contact Hours:  0.1 AOTA CEUs/1 Contact Hour
  • Educational Level: Intermediate


General Overview:

Manual wheelchair propulsion can be inherently difficult, and research shows that the longer a person propels a manual wheelchair for functional mobility the greater incidence of pain and repetitive injury; the resulting pain can limit function, reduce participation, and limit life roles of individuals who use manual wheelchairs for their functional mobility. Power assist devices present the opportunity to reduce pain and improve function of clients who utilize manual wheelchairs for mobility. By understanding the different types of power assist devices available; having the ability to identify the appropriate client; and knowing how to apply power assist devices based on clinical presentation, therapists will be able to improve function, reduce pain, and increase quality of life of the people they serve.


CEU Objectives: By the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. List 3 reasons why a manual wheelchair rider may benefit from a power assist device.
  2. Differentiate between three different types of power assist devices and the benefits and considerations for each.
  3. Discuss how power assist can improve functional outcomes and participation.
  4. Identify 3 components of a power assist device evaluation, delivery/training for successful outcomes.

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Full Course Detail Flyer PDF:  Power Assist Devices