â€œThe Wheelchair Solutions service combines cutting edge technology with years of clinical expertise to provide high quality and customized scare for individuals with wheelchair and power mobility needs.â€
â€“Dr. Steven Lockman
â€œWow, we didnâ€™t know what we didnâ€™t have. The new wheelchair has made such a difference.â€
Wheelchair Solutions is a clinic led by Occupational Therapists who provide expert assessment and intervention for clients needing wheelchairs, positioning devices and specialized equipment.
ATS Occupational Therapists work closely with clients, the interdisciplinary team, family members and vendors to meet the clientâ€™s optimal functional abilities.
Through a series of assessments and technology, therapists will determine the proper positioning for individualized wheelchairs, positioning devices and specialized equipment. Payment eligibility and options are also assessed.
Safety and independent use of equipment in the clientâ€™s environment is the highest priority. Pressure mapping technology will assist the Wheelchair Solutions team with making the best determinations. This includes both manual wheelchairs and power mobility devices. Trial equipment is also available to determine best functional outcome.
Therapists work directly with vendors to determine payment eligibility and options. Justification and letters of medical necessity are provided for funding requirements.
Partner clinics use Wheelchair Solutions approximately one time per week, depending on the need of the facility. Through these powerful interactions, the Wheelchair Solutions team is able to provide the most functional and comfortable seating systems for patients.
Wheelchair Solutions Occupational Therapists also provide these services in external settings upon request.
Sue Johnson, OTR/L
Sue graduated from the College of St. Catherine. Throughout her 20 years of experience, her work has spanned a variety of settings including outpatient, hand therapy, long term care and home health care. Her emphasis has been seating and positioning for both inpatients and outpatients. Sue works closely with physicians and patients to ensure proper, comfortable and quality seating. She has worked for ATS since 2009 and serves as the head of Wheelchair Solutions.
Melissa Crouse, OTR/L
Melissa graduated in 2002 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy from the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. She has worked in a wide variety of rehabilitation settings including Acute Care, Acute Rehab, Subacute Rehab, Long Term Care, Home Care and Long Term Acute Care. Her experience has primarily been with adult and geriatric populations. She joined the ATS team in 2011 with a focus on meeting seating and positioning needs through the Wheelchair Solutions program.