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Powerchair Control Selector

When it comes to choosing a control interface, the options available on the market are vast. It's the job of the professional to match the appropriate control interface to the motor and cognitive abilities of the user, considering the size and activation method of the control interface itself and which control will match most effectively with the functional capabilities of the individual.

Please following the five simple steps to generate a recommended powerchair control.

POWERCHAIR CONTROL SELECTOR

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Select the users best area of controlled movement:

Chin/Cheek

Finger

Hand

Head

Mid Line

Mouth

Select the users motor control ability:

No limits

Restricted fine motor control

Restricted gross motor control

Select the users range of motion(ROM):

Normal

Limited range of motion, limited directions

Limited range of motion, multiple directions possible

Select the users level of strength:

Normal

Reduced

Increased

Select whether or not the user has endurance:

Yes

No

Limited

Glossary

Chin/Cheek

Finger

Hand

Head

Mid Line

Mouth

Motor control ability

Function that involves the precise movement of muscles with the intent to perform a specific art.

No limits

The user is able to coordinate muscles, bones and nerves to produce small, exact movements, as well as coordinate arms, legs and other large body parts and movements.

Restricted fine motor control

Inability to coordinate muscles, bones and nerves to produce small, exact movements.

Restricted gross motor control

Inability to coordinate arms, legs and other large body parts and movements.

Range of motion (ROM)

Measurement of a movement around a joint.

Normal

Good movement around the joint and able to move in all directions.

Limited range of motion, limited directions

Not much movement around a joint and not able to move in all directions.

Limited range of motion, multiple directions possible

Not much movement around a joint but able to move in a number of directions.

Normal

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Reduced

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Increased

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Endurance

Refers to the ability to sustain a force over a period of time.

Yes

The user is able to sustain force over a period of time.

No

The user is not able to sustain force over a period of time.

Limited

The user is able to sustain force for a very short period of time.