Manual Wheelchair Skills Training for Long-term-care Residents
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It is hypothesized that, compared to a control group, manual wheelchair users and their caregivers in the long-term-care setting who receive the wheelchair skills training program will improve their wheelchair skills to a statistically significant extent and will retain these improvements for at least one month.
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Ages Eligible for Study:
17 Years and older (Child, Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:
Inclusion Criteria (wheelchair user):
be seventeen (17) or older
be a manual wheelchair user, living in a long-term-care facility;
be expected to require the long-term use of a wheelchair (at least four  hours/week for at least eight  weeks), as reported by a clinical therapist;
be competent to give informed consent (as indicated by a Mini Mental State Examination score of 20 or higher) or have a proxy with power of attorney willing to provide consent,
have the verbal endorsement of the clinical therapist (if any) to participate;
have the written permission of the attending physician to participate;
be willing to take part in the study, including signing the consent after carefully reading it.
Exclusion Criteria (wheelchair user):
have an unstable medical condition (e.g. angina, seizures), as determined by the attending physician, house staff or ERN;
have an emotional or psychiatric problem of a type or extent that might make participation unpleasant, as determined by the attending physician, house staff or ERN.
Inclusion Criteria (caregiver):
be seventeen (17) or older;
provide at least part-time [at least one (1) hour/week] wheelchair-handling care for a wheelchair user in a long-term-care facility;
be willing to take part in the study, including signing the consent form after carefully reading it.
Exclusion Criteria (caregiver):
have an unstable medical condition (e.g. angina, seizures), as indicated by self-report;
have an emotional or psychiatric problem of a type or extent that might make participation unpleasant, as indicated by self-report.