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When a Standard Wheelchair is Not Enough
According to Merriam-Webster’s online thesaurus, synonyms for the word “standard” include: average, run-of-the-mill, and standard-issue. When it comes to selecting a wheelchair for a client or loved-one, I would not consider any of those words as accurate descriptors for what I envision as the best piece of equipment to meet an end user’s individual needs. However, depending on the situation a less complex and customizable seating system and wheelchair may be the most appropriate option. 


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Posted to Angie Kiger on 5/27/2015 10:34:12 PM | 0 comments


Improving People’s Lives on Capitol Hill
On a lovely spring day in 1989 I boarded a bus with my 5th grade class for a field trip to Washington, DC. I grew up about 3 ½ hours south of DC, so a field trip to our Nation’s Capital was a rite of passage. [...] Fast forward nearly 26 years from that spring day, there I was inside the US Senate and House of Representatives buildings lobbying congressional staff members to gain support for legislation that is vital to lives of my friends, colleagues, and former clients who need access to complex rehabilitation technology. So what made me transition from that wide eyed 5th grader with killer ‘80’s bangs standing on the outside looking in, to a passionate professional armed with knowledge ready to make a difference in our nation’s government? To put it simply, a lot.

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Posted to Angie Kiger on 5/14/2015 12:54:42 PM | 0 comments


“Look Who’s Driving Now!” – Activity Ideas for Power Mobility Evaluation
Recommending the best power mobility system for a specific client’s needs typically involves navigating through countless equipment options.  A proper evaluation is crucial because obtaining funding for new devices often takes a substantial amount of time.  An improper “yes” or “no” recommendation for specific devices during a 1-2 hour evaluation can lead to lasting consequences. 

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Posted to Angie Kiger on 4/30/2015 12:17:35 PM | 0 comments


24 Hour Postural Care: What Is It and Who Can Benefit?
In our industry we spend a great deal of time training clinicians, suppliers, end users, and caregivers on the importance of proper positioning when clients are seated in their wheelchairs. While proper seating is vital, it’s important that we consider what happens when clients are not seated in their customized seating systems. Longtime friend of Sunrise Medical and Occupational Therapist, Tamara Kittelson-Aldred provides fantastic insight on 24 hour postural care.

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Posted to Guest Blogger on 4/14/2015 8:40:13 PM | 0 comments


Big Celebrations at Sunrise Medical in April!
Cue the streamers and party music, Sunrise Medical is celebrating the addition of new members to our family. On April 2nd it was officially announced that Sunrise Medical acquired Switch-It Inc. For over 25 years, Switch-It has been designing, manufacturing, and distributing specialty input devices and alternative drive controls. The timing of Switch-It joining the Sunrise family could not be more perfect. “Why” you ask? 

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Posted to Angie Kiger on 4/3/2015 4:27:29 PM | 0 comments
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Disclaimer: The contents of this blog are intended to be utilized as a general resource for clinicians and suppliers to then use clinical reasoning skills to determine optimal seating and mobility solutions for individual clients.  Steve and Angie are unable to answer questions from members of the general public including caregivers and end users.  Members of the general public should direct specific questions to their own clinicians, medical, suppliers, or other health care professionals.

 

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12/15/2014 | John
Lots of great stuff here Angie. IMO, the most powerful message you make is this..."The youn...

11/25/2014 | John
Thanks for the good work on remembering Caregivers. As a caregiver myself, the important aspect ...

8/19/2014 | Tamaralka
I so enjoyed reading this story with Scott's perspectives on our work together in Peru this y...

8/15/2014 | Kylin
What an incredible story! Such a wonderful organization. Thank you so much for sharing. I am s...

7/6/2014 | Steve
Great article with a nice short & sweet list of references! Keep 'em coming Angie &amp...