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DEC 2017

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Mobility HME NE w S / d ECEM b ER 2017 / www. HMENE w S . C o M 15 By Liz Beau L ieu, e ditor ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Madeline Delp, 2017 Ms. Wheelchair USA, has been known to speak at industry events and have lunch with stake- holders like AAHomecare's Laura Williard. It's a reflection of Delp's gratitude for the industry that provides the product—her wheelchair—that allows her to "Live Bound- less," her motto and her platform going into the pageant, her first. "I used to begrudgingly see the wheelchair as a thing I didn't want to have—I didn't want ownership of it in any sense," said Delp, 23, a recent college graduate. "Over the years, I saw how it was truly my source to having life again. Of course, I would have never wished to have to use one, but now that I need it, I see that it is my key to true freedom." Right now, Delp, who became paralyzed from the waist down after a car accident at 10, uses a TiLite Aero Z that was donated to her by Numotion. The right wheelchair has been key for Delp, a woman always on the go, whether it's par- ticipating in the pageant, studying abroad in Germany during college, and now launching a nonprofit and filming a series that both bear her motto's name. "You have to have a wheelchair that is up for the job," she said. "I have only had this guy for five months and he is already a bit beat up. My chair and I live life hard." As Ms. Wheelchair USA, Delp is on the road, helping to teach people how to thrive in life, regardless of their physical condition. "I have a whole new sense of purpose," she said. "I realize that being an encouragement for others is my true passion." hme Madeline Delp on 'living life harder' in a wheelchair m adeline d elp's motto and platform going into the Ms . Wheelchair USA pag- eant, her first: "Live Boundless . " NRRTS WEBSITE c O N T i N U e d f R O M P R e v i O U s PA G e that she didn't even know was there. A Resources tab, for example, now lists doz- ens of case studies, everything from "Tilt & Recline: Understanding All the Angles" to "It Takes a Village to Get a Chair." "They're case studies that have been printed in Directions (the official maga- zine of NRRTS) in one place," she said. "They can be used for documentation or as a reference, or for showing someone what complex rehab is all about." Another major feature of the new web- site: a Registrants tab that allows online renewals. "People are so pressed for time, being able to access things wherever and when- ever they have a minute is so important," said Michael Barner, who runs the seat- ing and mobility clinic at Michigan Medicine and who is past president of NRRTS. "Being able to renew online was key. Having to print a document, fill it out and fax it in—how long ago were we doing that?" Additionally, the new website's Resourc- es tab includes links to complex rehab- related events, organizations and manufac- turers, a tool that comes in handy for those new to the market, Walker says. "You have NRRTS and the CRTS, and RESNA and the ATP, and NCART—all of these different groups and different acronyms," Walker said. "I once sat down with someone who had just come into the industry and at the end of con- versation he asked me if I could write down all this information and send it to him. This helps to show how we're all intertwined." hme ROR y COOPER c O N T i N U e d f R O M P R e v i O U s PA G e cross brace for folding manual wheelchairs, ergonomic hand rims and a virtual seating coach licensed by Permobil—all products that have improved the quality of life for users and reduced health care costs. "When (former VA Sec. Bob McDon- ald) heard about the award, he said, what's remarkable about Rory is that he's saved more money for the government than we've ever given him in grants," Cooper said. "He also said, he never made any money from any of it; he just did it to help people." McDonald hit the nail on the head with his last comment. "To increase someone's level of mobility or to get someone home or to prevent some- one from getting injured—that's what it's all about," Cooper said. hme RESOURCE c O N T i N U e d f R O M P R e v i O U s PA G e and coming up with a table of contents, and the toughest part was identifying an author for each topic," she said. But it's that variety of authors and their specialties in different populations— whether it's pediatrics, bariatrics or geri- atrics—that are the guide's best selling points, Lange said. "I work mostly with kids and I'm not that familiar with bariatrics, but when I was editing the chapter by Stephanie Tanguay (of Motion Concepts), I took notes," she said. "She gave me a different way of looking at optimizing driving. I thought, 'I'm going to use that idea, it's great.'" Lange envisions a myriad of uses for "Seating and Wheeled Mobility: A Clini- cal Resource Guide"—for therapists who are just beginning to specialize in seating and mobility, for those who are working with a new population of people with dis- abilities, and for those looking for better ways to document and support the need for equipment to payers. "I think this will be one of those books that people keep on their shelves and keep turning back to," she said. hme UPITT: STANDARDS NEED ' TEETH ' c O N T i N U e d f R O M PA G e 1 you're often awarded grants for thinking outside the box and for working on prod- ucts that might be realistic in 10 years. This is more practical." The "Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center" grant, award- ed by the National Institute on Disability, a federal government agency within the U.S. Department of Educa- tion, will provide more than $900,000 each year for five years. R e s e a rc h e r s p l a n to spend the first few y e a r s o f t h e g r a n t improving or adding to existing standards, particularly related to cushion load-bearing performance, cush- ion durability, caster durability, and wheel rolling resistance, and the remaining few years applying those standards to differ- ent products. "We want to show the differentiations between products and the usefulness of that information," said Patricia Karg, an assistant professor at UPitt. "We want to translate standards into strategies and techniques for selecting products based on performance." The problem with existing standards, which have been developed over decades by national and international standards committees: They're largely influenced by product manufacturers, the research- ers say. "The awarding of this grant will allow for some unbiased participation," said David Brienza, a professor and associate dean of research at UPitt. "Manufacturers have a large stake in standards and how they're developed, and they support the process. This balances that process." Ultimately, the researchers envision their work being used in several ways, including helping funding sources make reimbursement decisions, and clini- cians, providers and users make product decisions. "It's in this way that standards, which are often voluntary and which until now didn't differentiate between products, will get teeth," Brienza said. hme " i t's in this way that standards, which are often voluntary and which until now didn't differentiate between products, will get teeth."

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