King’s Daughters Medical Center offers a new service called a wheelchair clinic for patients who would benefit from having a power wheelchair or scooter. Services are provided at the King’s Daughters Medical Specialties–Pikeville clinic, at 5425 North Mayo Trail. The next clinics will take place Wednesday, July 28, and Wednesday, Aug. 25. A physician referral is not needed, but appointments are required and can be made by calling (606) 432-2269.
The clinic is designed so all the information needed for assessing a wheelchair-bound patient can be obtained at one time by the appropriate healthcare specialists. Physical medicine and rehabilitation physician Scott Akers, M.D., leads the team, assisted by a nurse, a physical therapist and a certified assistive technology specialist. Each patient assessment takes about an hour.
The goal is to obtain the right chair with the most value for each patient – providing mobility and safety, and enabling the patient to have a more active life. For some people, a power wheelchair enables them to leave their bed or home and return to work and normal activities.
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