Mobility Management Podcast

Mobility Management Podcast

The complex rehab technology (CRT) industry includes seating and mobility clinicians and providers, funding and policy specialists, rehab engineers, manufacturers and, of course, consumers and their families. Join Editor Laurie Watanabe as these stakeholders share their insights, predictions and hopes for CRT. Whether you design, manufacture, recommend, build, fit, service or fund seating and mobility, our podcasts offer personal perspectives from CRT’s front lines.


Wheelchair Footprints in Real Life

May 19, 2020

Wheelchair maneuverability is determined by much more than a wheelchair's width and length. Russ Rolt of PDG Mobility talks about understanding how manual and power wheelchair designs affect how wheelchairs navigate in various environments... as well as how the human factor ultimately impacts wheelchair success.

Duration: 19 min


Then & Now: A Conversation with Ming Chang

May 12, 2020

CRT industry veteran Ming Chang is starting a new venture... in the midst of a pandemic. In this edition of "Then & Now," he explains how he's come full circle in CRT, and also what he's been hearing and learning from ATPs working during truly extraordinary times.

Duration: 22 min


How Great ATPs Are Made

Apr 27, 2020

Bill Mixon, CEO of National Seating & Mobility, discusses the qualities and experiences — from leadership skills to education and mentoring — that create successful Assistive Technology Professionals (ATPs), and how and why the best ATP suppliers can lift up the entire Complex Rehab Technology (CRT) industry.

Duration: 18 min


Compliance: Doing Things the Right Way Is Never Wrong

Aug 29, 2019

Compliance isn't just a good corporate policy. Implemented the right way, it can earn Complex Rehab Technology providers the crucial trust of clinicians, referral sources, payors and consumers. Tim Casey, Chief Compliance Officer/General Counsel for Numotion, discusses why traditional "fear-based" compliance isn't nearly as effective as making compliance a matter of everyday leadership, communication and education… and the tremendous dividends that can result.

Duration: 31 min


Power-Assist from a Proactive Perspective

Aug 02, 2019

Power-assist systems that support self-propulsion among manual wheelchair users isn't a new technology. But what is new is applying this technology proactively, rather than as a response to injury or chronic fatigue. Permobil's Curtis Merring, OTR, MOT, explains why power-assist should be considered for more wheelchair users, and the advantages of using this technology early in a wheelchair user's life.

Duration: 22 min


Applications for Active Reach & Active Height

Jul 13, 2019

When anterior (forward) tilt combines with seat elevation, the results are what Permobil calls “Active Reach” and “Active Height,” the ability for power wheelchair users to more safely and efficiently perform activities of daily living ranging from transfers to cooking, eating and brushing their teeth. Ginger Walls, PT, MS, NCS, ATP/SMS, the Regional Clinical Education Manager for Permobil, explains the applications for this new powered seating combination, as well as the funding landscape.

Duration: 28 min


Gait Training with a Dynamic Component

Jul 12, 2019

Gait training has so many benefits, not only for mobility (with a goal of independent mobility), but also for many bodily functions, not to mention cognitive and social development. But adding a dynamic component to more closely simulate how the body moves as it ambulates can have a tremendous impact on success. Elena Noble, PT, MPT, from Rifton discusses the advantages to introducing a dynamic component to pediatric gait-training programs.

Duration: 26 min


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