UW Medicine|Featured Clinics|Maps & Numbers|Find A Doctor
Career Opportunities|Ways to Give|Online Bill Pay

Our Services
Physicians & Providers
Patient & Visitor Information
Classes, Events, & Support Groups
About Northwest Hospital and Medica Center
Northwest
Physical
Occupational
Speech/Language
Patient Programs
Referrals



Center for Medical Rehabilitation
Easy Street
Tour Easy Street
Referrals
Outpatient Program Information
206-368-1769

OPMC Outpatients
206-368-6032

Osteoporosis Program
206-368-6032



    |    

Wheelchair Seating & Evaluation Program

Selecting a wheelchair is a very individual and personal decision, especially when you depend on the wheelchair for mobility. Northwest Hospital offers a Wheelchair Seating & Evaluation Program specifically designed to assist with wheelchair evaluations. Our team includes a licensed physical therapist and a wheelchair vendor who guide patients through this often confusing and time-consuming process.

The physical therapist reviews the patient's current functional level, medical condition and the environment in which the wheelchair will be used. If needed, the wheelchair vendor is available to help select the best combination of wheelchair and positioning devices to meet the patient's needs.

We will ask you questions about how you will use your chair, including:

  • Will the chair be used on rough terrain (gravel, sand, hills)?
  • Is it important that you have regular access to certain places, such as a workplace?
  • In what areas of the home will the chair be used?
  • How will you move your wheelchair in and out of a vehicle?
  • Where will you store your chair? At home and in your vehicle?
We also take into consideration the wheelchair's cost and your insurance benefits, its size in relation to your home and work environment, types of controls needed, features such as reclining back or leg rests, upholstery, cushions and seating additions; wheel arrangements, and ongoing maintenance requirements.

Once we have evaluated your needs, taken measurements and helped you select equipment options, the vendor will place the order to build the wheelchair. This may take two to four weeks. A final fitting session may be needed to adjust the chair to achieve maximum comfort and function.

Our physical therapists also supervise a "test spin" in our Easy Street® environment. This short test is designed to ensure you can negotiate real life obstacles, whether you are an experienced wheelchair user or not.

The Wheelchair Evaluation & Fitting Program is scheduled on an individual basis, takes about one to one and a half hours. We can also help those currently using a wheelchair, upgrading a wheelchair or considering other wheelchair technologies.

Physician referral is required. Call 206-368-1915 for more information.

 

 

 
The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award
Northwest Hospital Earns The Distinguished Hospital for Clinical Excellence Award
The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award
Northwest Hospital Earns The Emergency Medicine Excellence Award
 
UW MEDICINE
ACCESS TO CARE
eCare lets you see, manage and receive your health information online from clinic visits or hospital stays across the UW Medicine health system. Go to eCare.
Quick Links: Create a Free Patient Web Page

Recognize a Staff Member: DAISY Foundation Award - (for extraordinary nurses) | Cares Award - (for all Northwest Hospital staff)

Be Social:
Tell your friends about us on Facebook Facebook
Find us on Twitter Twitter
Connect to other on Linkedin Linkedin