The Need for and Feasibility of Wheelchair Skills Training in Long-term Care: Experiences of 4 Manual Wheelchair-Using Veterans

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To evaluate, in the long-term-care setting, the need and feasibility of the wheelchair skills training program with respect to manual wheelchair users, we studied 4 veterans, each completing the Wheelchair Skills Test (modified version 4.1). These participants had significant difficulties attempting wheelchair skills but made improvements and showed enthusiasm, problem-solving, and pride in attempting the skills. All 4 wheelchairs had component or setup issues that restricted optimal self-propulsion. Regardless of the challenges, all participants were interested in receiving training on wheelchair skills. If these findings are representative, further research is required to implement an appropriate wheelchair-provision process in the long-term-care setting.

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