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Adaptive Mobility Equipment – A Step Beyond: Understanding Options, Future Differences and Clinical Decision Making

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time: 4:30– 6:00 pm  Live online via Zoom

Speaker: Dana Michelson, MS Physical Therapy, Neurological Physical Therapist and Consultant

Meeting details, CE and Registration Information

Please register for this monthly chapter program by emailing:

Catherine Hazlehurst

This program is sponsored by Bob DePeron, Director of Community Relations at Right at Home Boston MetroWest. Please see CE information below.

Program Title: Adaptive Mobility Equipment – A Step Beyond: Understanding Options, Future Differences and Clinical Decision Making

Date: Wednesday, September 21, 2022

Time: 4:30– 6:00 pm  Live online via Zoom

Speaker: Dana Michelson, MS Physical Therapy, Neurological Physical Therapist specialized in movement disorders

This meeting will be held via Zoom. A link will be sent by Tuesday September 20 to those who have RSVP’d. Certificates and/or download instructions will be distributed within 5 business days after receipt of the completed evaluation (and post-test when applicable) at the close of the program. Details about CEs and guest policies are at the bottom of this announcement.


The lecture and discussion is about adaptive mobility equipment needs, options and considerations for the adult population in the context of safe and efficient functional mobility & gait. Basic clinical screening will be discussed, as well as appropriate referral. Case studies will help attendees solve through the important consideration of appropriate adaptive equipment recommendations, and considerations for enhancing safe mobility, both at home and in the community. Current trends in the industry will also be touched on. Clinical focus areas include: Age related movement challenges, Traumatic brain injuries, Aquired brain injuries (ie- strokes, aneurisms), Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal cord injuries, and Ataxia. There is no known commercial support nor conflict of interest for this program.

About the speakers:

Dana Michelsen, Neurological Physical Therapist and Consultant, is a physical therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience. Her specialization and focus are in supporting individuals with neurological and age-related movement dyfunction, in their home environment. Her goal with each patient is to provide the support and problem-solving needed for safe and optimal functional mobility. She provides private in-home physical therapy support, including physical rehabilitation, with a holistic approach. She supports clients throughout the greater Boston area

Learning Objectives:

  1. To identify how to match individuals with functional mobility deficits with the most appropriate assistive device to avoid falls and to maintain safe independence
  2. To list examples of adaptive mobility equipment options and accessories
  3. To demonstrate an improved understanding of the functional and biomechanical differences between various adaptive mobility equipment
  4. To make effective and appropriate clinical decisions involved in adaptive equipment recommendations and/or identifiy when a referral to PT or OT is appropriate

Meeting Agenda:

4:30 Co-presidents’ announcements, sponsor welcome and introduction)
4:40 Importance of Appropriate Assistive Device Use
4:50 Considerations when Choosing an Appropriate Assistive Device for a Patient
5:00 Mobility versus Stability
5:10 Variations, Features, Pros and Cons of Canes, Walkers
5:20 Medicare Walker Reimbursement
5:30 Case Studies
5:35-5:40 Discussion, Questions/Answers
5:40-6:00 Care Manager Networking *NEW*

* We are adding a new feature to our Chapter meetings!*

The programming committee hopes you enjoy the speaker and topic. Please feel free to contact us for more information about the topic and further conversation. See you soon!

 Kathryn McGuinness – chair

Contact Hours

CE’s are provided at no charge to ALCA members. Guests in the process of joining ALCA are also able to request CE’s.

Please note that anyone arriving after 4:40 pm will not be entitled to a certificate.

This program has been submitted to the Commission for Case Manager Certification to provide continuing education credit to board certified case managers with 1.0 CE contact hours.

This program has been approved by the Network for Professional Education at the Boston University School of Social Work to provide continuing education credit to Massachusetts licensed SWs with 1.0 CE contact hours.

A certificate for 1.0 contact hours will provided to RNs.

It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state. 

No fee is charged for this program.

Comments or concerns about the CE process or administration of this program?

Please email Catherine

Guests policy: Guests are welcome to attend the program. If they would like to attend more than twice or if they would like a certificate, they may do so upon joining ALCA. Please send the name, credentials and contact information for your guest to Catherine and she will include them in the program information.

Upcoming Programs:

October 25 – Clinical Intensive (4.5 CEs)– online
Details coming soon on our Events page: “Clinical Intensive”!
9:30a-4:30p Technology & Care Management- The Challenges and Rewards

November 16 – Public Policy- AARP’s initiatives in Nursing Home reform

January 18 – Beyond Blueberries: Toward a Psychosocial Prescription for Aging –

Margie E Lachman, PhD

February 15 – Guardianship – Julie Kefi, LSW, CNG


Please RSVP no later than September 19th to:
Catherine Hazlehurst


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Simic M, Bennell KL, Hunt MA, Wrigley TV, Hinman RS. Contralateral cane use and knee joint load in people with medial knee osteoarthritis: the effect of varying body weight support. Osteoarthr Cartil. 2011;19(11):1330-7.

Bradley S, Hernandez, Leawood C, Geriatric Assistive Devices. American Family Physician; 2011; 84(4): 405-411.

Stevens JA, Thomas K, Teh L, Greenspan AI. Unintentional fall injuries associated with walkers and canes in older adults treated in U.S. emergency departments. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2009 Aug;57(8):1464-9..x. Epub 2009 Jun 23

Paroma A. A comparison of mobility assistive devices for elderly and
patients with lower limb injury: Narrative Review. International Journal of Aging Health and Movement. Vol. 2 No. 1; May 2020

Arberas EJ, Ordoñez Fernández FF, Rodríguez Menéndez S. Psychosocial impact of mobility assistive technology on people with neurological conditions. Disability and Rehabilitation: Assistive Technology. 465-471. 25 Sep 2019.

ALCA New England 2022 Clinical Intensive

Tuesday, October 25, 2022,  9:30am -4:30pm EDT

Join your fellow Aging Life Care® Managers on October 25th for this opportunity to learn from some of the field’s most highly regarded leaders, earn your CEs, and share with your colleagues at this one-day virtual program.

We’ve included two Roundtable Discussion sessions during the day so you can learn from each other’s experiences in smaller groups and in a more interactive way. Discussion will be focused on how technology is impacting the care of our clients – their mental health and healthcare needs. You will have the chance to ask questions, learn from best practices and take away valuable insights that will inform and enhance your practice and client care as you move forward.

You won’t want to miss this program.  Please register as soon as possible so we can ensure maximum benefits from the program and our outreach prior to and post program.

Please feel free to share this program with your friends and colleagues as we hope to impact as many as possible in the industry.

Here are the details:  

ALCA New England 2022 Clinical Intensive: Technology & Aging Life Care® Management
The Challenges & Rewards

New England Chapter – Aging Life Care™ Association

When:  October 25, 2022, 9:30 am -4:30 pm EDT

Where:  Virtual Program

CEs : 4.5  CEs**(See Below)

CostALCA Members:  $100.00     Non Members: $185.00

To Register:   Click Here