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Derrick – Meeting Multiple Needs through Dynamic Seating

Seating Dynamics Case Study DerrickDerrick is a 42 year old male who resides in a group home with 24 other non-ambulatory, yet socially active, adults. Derrick is primarily a power wheelchair user; however he relies on a manual mobility base for use in the community. His power wheelchair does not fit in the van’s tie down system and so this is not an option for community use. His community outings include social opportunities (i.e. visiting restaurants, attending sporting events, shopping) and medical appointments. While in his manual system, Derrick remains dependent in mobility. This has always been a frustration to him, however he gains so much enjoyment from the community outings that he is willing to compromise. Download his Dynamic Seating Case Study to learn more.

“The Dynamic Rocker Back option offers a dynamic seat- to-back junction. As Derrick extends at his hips, the movement of the base eliminates solid resistance. Instead of his movement and tone increasing (as it does with solid resistance), his movement was now facilitated, allowing his tone to calm down. The use of the Dynamic Rocker Back was successful in providing postural assistance to his active tone patterns. Of utmost importance was his need for a system that is durable and reliable. Funding for repairs is not always available. If Derrick’s system is broken, it results in him missing outings from which he gains a great deal of enjoyment.”

Jill Sparacio, OTR/L, ATP/SMS, Downers Grove, IL

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