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Part-time or full-time use of proper seating can prevent severe fatigue and preserve overused muscles. To obtain appropriate seating, consult with a medical professional familiar with seating and mobility, such as a physiatrist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist. Work closely with medical professionals and a rehabilitation technology supplier, etc., to determine which options will best meet individual needs. In most cases, a powered mobility device will be the best choice. Powered mobility options include three-wheel and four-wheel scooters, powered wheelchairs, and hybrid models that combine the features of both. Ergonomically designed chairs for use in the workplace are very beneficial.

Choosing the appropriate back and cushion is vital. Factors to consider include: functional abilities including pain and fatigue levels, balance, strength, and range of motion; the ability to shift weight; postural abnormalities; and the home, work, and leisure environment. Another important consideration is the vehicle that will be used to transport the device, as is the need to accommodate other devices such as ventilatory equipment, crutches, canes, etc. (Leonard, 1997).

Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (RTS) participate in a clinical evaluation of the client and serves as the expert in recommendation of equipment that will meet the needs/goals of the client. The RTS assists in measuring the client, assessing existing equipment, providing a thorough knowledge of insurance related issues, obtaining demonstration equipment, submitting recommended equipment to insurance, obtaining equipment, delivering and fitting recommended equipment. Check the National Registry for Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers.

Assistive Technology Suppliers (ATS) have achieved the status of ATS through a credentialing exam administered by Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society (RESNA). These suppliers maintain the necessary continuing education to hold the designation of an ATS.

Certified Rehabilitation Technology Suppliers (CRTS) have achieved the highest credential, CRTS, in the rehabilitation equipment provision industry. A CRTS has successfully completed the ATS examination and has been a member of NRRTS for two years.

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