When evaluating vocational rehab clients, all flavors of disability and workplace barriers can present themselves. Clients with MS or Guillian Barre can present fine motor, visual or mobility challenges in their vocational tasks, requiring solutions to maintain their employment. Frequently, distance mobility challenges are present due to sensory, motor impairment or fatigue. As an OT, the functional mobility challenges can be identified, however, referral for PT evaluation is typical to determine their mobility needs and identify solutions.
As an OT and ATP Professional working with vocational rehabilitation clients, making recommendations of tools that will support their employment goals is required. Familiarity with AT and adaptive equipment is needed, however seating and mobility remain a specialized area of AT. As aforementioned, referral to a specialist for determination and typically funding is necessary. General information about options is helpful as fatigue with distance ambulation can be a barrier. Students, instructors or employees presented with walking distances and conserving energy is important in their occupation.
A new category of power mobility devices appear to be emerging with folding travel scooters among them. ZooMe Auto Flex Folding Travel Scooter is one such power scooter weighing 55 pounds and offering an airline compatible battery. with a weight limit of 300#. This light weight scooter reportedly auto folds/unfolds in 15 seconds. It has anti-tip wheels, an auto folding seat with padded seat and adjustable armrests and fold down back. The ZooMe Auto Flex is one of the ZooMe folding travel scooter line that debuted in 2016.
It was exciting to see this new line of scooters available as an option for clients. For more information on this scooter check out Drive Medical for their line of travel scooters.
Are your clients using these travel scooters? What kind of experiences have your clients had with these mobility devices?
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