The Geelong Wheelchair Clinic
Seating – Wheelchairs, Comfy Chairs, Commodes and Scooters
The Geelong Wheelchair Clinic was developed as a service to help people with two issues:
- prescribing a new seating solution
- assessment and modification of your current seating solution.
At the Geelong Wheelchair Clinic we assist with all types of seating and positioning including:
- manual wheelchairs
- powered wheelchairs
- bedding, pressure mattresses and night time positioning supports
- Day chairs including recliner chairs
No one needs to be uncomfortable or in pain when sitting in their wheelchair, scooter, recliner chair or commode. Having the correct seating and positioning is so important for:
- maintaining comfort
- promoting independence in your home or community environment
- preventing further health concerns such as pressure injuries, long term postural changes or contractures
The XSensor Pressure Mapping System
At The Geelong Wheelchair Clinic we have the expert skills and equipment to assist you. We are so excited to have purchased an Xsensor Pressure Mapping System to help find the best solution to you.
The XSensor pressure mapping system is a portable pressure mapping system used to provide pleasure images of the pressure distribution between a person and their support surface such as a wheelchair seat, backrest, commode, bed or mattress.
We then use the objective data to:
- determine the right support surface such as cushion, mattress or backrest
- educate the person or carers about importance of pressure relief
- provide clinical justification for funding applications
We are one of the few private providers to have this technology in Australia, and welcome referrals from all over Victoria. Appointments can be completed in the wheelchair clinic or the home environment.
How we can help and what we do:
- Holistic assessment of daily activities, routine and mobility
- Identify goals, priorities and barriers
- Assessment of the persons postural needs
- Objective assessment of pressure care needs using the Xsensor Pressure Mapping Device
- Collaborate with the multidisciplinary team
- Equipment recommendations and trials based on goals
- Provide clinical justification for funding
- Fitting and customising equipment to meet individual needs. Considering future needs and how equipment may need to be modified in the future
- Training clients, caregivers and family
- Measuring outcomes related to the person, environment and occupations
At the Geelong Wheelchair Clinic we stay abreast of technical advances in seating solutions ensuring we are using the latest technology to find the best solution for you.
Have a question for the GSOT team?
Occupations are everyday tasks that include things people need to, want to and are expected to do. (WFOT – World Federation of Occupational Therapists). Examples of occupations may be taking care of yourself and / or others, working, community activities and hobbies. Within occupational therapy we work with you to set client centred goals based on your strengths and limitations and work with you to achieve these functional goals.
The amount of funding you need for occupational therapy depends on your goals and your individual situation. We will conduct an initial assessment and following the initial assessment we will complete a report with a therapy plan giving you an indication of funding required to achieve each goal. We will discuss the importance of each goal with you so we can prioritise your funding. We normally suggest that you have 5 hours of funding available for the initial assessment, travel and report writing.
This will depend on your private health insurance. Please discuss with your private health insurance provider. In addition to private health insurance you can visit your GP and obtain a Enhanced Primary Care “EPC” plan for 5 discounted OT sessions.
Our therapists will meet with you at your chosen location. This may be in your home, place of work, in the community or at our clinic location.
We will complete an initial assessment which involves discussing and assessing your current function, limitations and strengths of function and then work together to form an intervention plan to achieve these goals. We will complete a report so you have a list of these goals and associated action plans.
It’s often helpful to have others present for your initial assessment to help provide information, this may be family members, support workers, other health professionals or support coordinators.