Wheelchair Seating and Positioning

Being in a wheelchair doesn't mean you can’t be active and mobile. A properly fitted and adjusted wheelchair can make a big difference – promoting better posture, easing irritation due to rubbing, facilitating deeper breathing and increasing mobility.

Mercy’s experienced physical and occupational therapists help patients who need:

  • To be fitted or refitted for a wheelchair, scooter or power wheelchair
  • Adjustments or alterations to current seating system to increase comfort and mobility
  • Custom seating options

As part of the fitting process, Mercy offers pressure mapping. This involves placing a mat with sensors between you and your seat cushion that gives physical therapists information about how you sit. With this feedback, a physical therapist can provide you with the best cushion options to help improve comfort and mobility.

We work with adults and children who may need a wheelchair due to:

As always, our care team is here to work for you and answer questions you may have about wheelchair positioning and fitting. If you think you could benefit from a seating adjustment, please talk to your Mercy doctor. We want to keep you moving as safely and comfortably as possible. 

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