Miracle: seating system returned

Seating industry veteran Joan Padgitt, PT, ATP has long been associated with Ride Designs — originally working in sales and education capacities, and more recently as a consulting clinician in our specialized on-site Aspen Seating Clinic.

This spring Joan suddenly became the patient. She sustained multiple localized intracerebral hemorrhages on May 10, 2017.  Joan was hospitalized in the Neuro Intensive Care Unit for 21 days with cerebral edema, brain compression and acute respiratory failure with tracheostomy and ventilator placement. Her condition was quite dire.

Eventually,  Joan was discharged to a long-term acute care hospital. She specified her own wheelchair seating, including a Java Cushion and Java Back. Next she was transferred to an acute rehabilitation facility — for a total of 47 days in the hospital.

Now mobilizing with a cane,  Joan explains:

“Hello colleagues!  First of all, if this is first time you are learning about my medical event, I want you to know that I’m doing okay. Initially, I was making exponential improvements and now, instead of daily improvements, I’m seeing small weekly gains in my recovery.  I’m in awe of my colleagues near and far who offered prayers and words of support in my recovery.

I’ve been discharged from all my outpatient therapies and continue my rehabilitation program everyday. I have had a lot of insights from this experience and have been invited to present an inservice to the ICU team who took care of me. I’m not yet back to work, but am working hard toward that goal.

Here I am returning the wheelchair and seating system loaned to me by Ride Designs… how often does that happen in our industry?  I want to thank all those involved in the acquisition of the equipment loaned to me during my short stint as a wheelchair user, including Cindy Duff, PT, ATP/SMS at Denver Health, Leslie McLachlan, MSPT/ATP at Tilite, Sunrise Medical, and Ryan Crosby, ATP/SMS at Ride Designs.”

While Joan still has a long way to go in her recovery,  she is positive and determined… and we are actively cheering her on. To learn more about Joan’s story, including how to help, click here You can also contact Joan directly and wish her well via email at jepadgitt(insert “at” symbol)comcast.net.

 

Welcome, Rich Salm!

Ride Designs has named Rich Salm, ATP, to the position of National Sales Manager. Rich has tremendous expertise in seating and wheeled mobility systems and has been a committed and successful advocate in policy and legislation for complex rehabilitation technology (CRT). Rich is already hard at work, shown above, center, with Shelly Myers and Joe Bieganek in our booth at the recent Academy of Spinal Cord Injury Professionals conference in Denver.

Rich began his career in the durable medical equipment industry in 1982 and has been involved with CRT since 1991. He founded Peak Wheelchairs in Colorado and, after 13 years, sold the business to ATG, becoming their VP of regional sales. Rich later worked for NuMotion as Western Regional Contracting Manager and for National Seating & Mobility as Western Director of Clinical Business Development.

Rich served two terms on the RESNA Professional Standards Board and was Director and Ethics Chair of the NRRTS board from 2005-2010. In Colorado he served on the CAMES board, served on the Colorado Medicaid DME Committee, and spearheaded CRT Separate Recognition Legislation in 2014.

Rich states, “Early on, I recognized the importance that optimal seating has for wheelchair users and have focused much of my career on honing those skills. I am thrilled to be part of the Ride Designs team where cutting edge seating is our number one focus.” And we’re quite happy to have him on board!

Logistics, labor and love

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Led by Tamara Kittelson-Aldred, MS, OTR/L, ATP/SMS of Posture 24/7 in Montana, a group of clinicians and students traveled from the U.S. with new seating to help empower Peruvian families caring for children with disabilities. The volunteers’ efforts were met with great enthusiasm and gratitude.

We were happy to be able to contribute to Eleanore’s Project‘s work in Peru by donating Java Backs, aka “Espaldares Java,” in a variety of sizes. Seeing immediate improvements in the function and posture of the recipients was very gratifying to all involved.

Such trips require creative thinking and problem solving on the fly, more than we might imagine! Tamara has written a photo-filled account of this amazing trip, the challenges faced, and more about the families who visited the clinic… read it here.

To follow the ongoing work of Eleanore’s Project, check out the Facebook page.

Custom wheelchair seating webinar

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Home run! Selected International Seating Symposium lectures are now available to view online, on demand. CEUs available too.

Watch “Early versus Late Intervention with Custom Molded Seating” presented by Tom Hetzel, PT, ATP here

• Learn about evaluation findings that can help build justification for early intervention with custom seating.

• Discover errors often seen with indirect custom molded simulation plus strategies to overcome them.

• Explore how shape and orientation influence postural correction and postural tendency in a custom molded seating system.

Client spotlight: Chris Waddell

Client spotlight

For years when I skied, even when I was competing, I had one good turn and one not so good one. After working with the Aspen Seating Clinic at Ride Designs, I’m so much more balanced. Not only does it help my performance, but I’m sure it’s better for my skin as well.

— Chris is a speaker, author, artist, and Paralympic gold medalist. His 2011 commencement speech at Middlebury College was named one of “The Best Commencement Speeches, Ever” by NPR.

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