Hamilton Health Sciences
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Adult Wheelchair & Seating Clinic 


Director: 
Jennifer Kodis  

Administrative Assistant:
Lucy Caruso
Phone Number:
905-521-2100    ext: 40821
E-mail: caruso@hhsc.ca

Clinical Manager
- Teri Czajka

Clinic Phone Number:  905-521-2100  ext: 77128
Clinic Fax Number: 905-577-8231

Location:
Level 1, South - Regional Rehabilitation Centre
300 Wellington St. North
Hamilton, Ontario
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THE Wheelchair & Seating TEAM:  

The Adult Wheelchair and Seating Clinic is staffed by 2 occupational therapists (OT).The occupational therapists are registered with the College of Occupational Therapy (COTO) and are authorizers of the Ontario Ministry of Health Assistive Devices Program (ADP).  The occupational therapists are supported by an occupational therapist assistant (OTA), who works under the direction of the treating OT. 

The Adult Wheelchair and Seating Clinic team has a dedicated wheelchair and seating focus and is not diagnostic specific.  The Clinic team includes the client, OT and OTA, and may include family/caregivers, vendor of client choice and multitude of others including community therapist, custom seating technician, manufacturer representatives, physicians and other members of the client's health care team. 

PATIENTS SERVED:  

The Adult Wheelchair and Seating Clinic provides wheelchair and seating assessment and prescription services to adult clients with complex seating and positioning needs whose needs cannot be met by the community or HHS inpatient programs.  The Seating Clinic is not diagnostic specific and will see people with a variety of diagnoses, including but not limited to:  Spinal Cord Injury, Acquired Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, Spina Bifida and other complex neurological and orthopedic diagnoses. 

To access the services of the Adult Wheelchair and Seating Clinic, a referral form must be completed in full, including client demographic and diagnostic information and physician signature, and forwarded  to the intake coordinator for review.  Download Referral Form: (Seating Clinic Referral Form.doc)

Appointments are scheduled by Clinic staff.

SERVICES PROVIDED:

The Adult and Wheelchair and Seating Clinic provides the following services

  • Wheelchair and Seating Assessment and Prescription
  • Consultative services to clients, community therapists and other members of the care team

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

Is there a wait list?

Usually, yes, but it fluctuates, and all referrals are reviewed and prioritized depending on need.  Referrals meeting a high priority will usually be seen within a 2-week period.  Priority status is designated to a referral if the client has a degenerative disease, if there is skin breakdown and if there are safety issues. 

How long will the process take?

The process varies depending on the issue(s) and equipment required.  It is best to talk to the therapist at the first visit about timelines and any concerns you may have related to timing.  If you are applying to funding agencies for funding, it is important to note that once the paperwork is sent in, it can take 3-4 months to obtain a response prior to ordering your final equipment.

Why do I have to come to the clinic?

The clinic's services are usually requested because the wheelchair and seating needs  are too complex to be looked at adequately in the home. The clinic environment provides the necessary space, equipment and resources to meet your needs.

I'm not sure if my referral is appropriate, what should I do?

The Clinic' staff are available to discuss your referral with you.

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