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What to expect at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City.

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Wheelchair, seating and mobility

Wheelchair, seating and mobility

The wheelchair, seating and mobility program at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City is an in-house custom seating clinic available to all patients with seating needs. Our highly skilled staff – comprised of practitioners, technicians and volunteers – with a cumulative 55 years of experience in physical therapy and mechanical engineering, provide customized wheelchair services for each child. After a medical evaluation by one of our orthopaedic physicians in the outpatient clinic at the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital, patients may choose to receive services at our wheelchair and seating department. Utilizing high-tech tools such as seat simulation services and extensive pressure mapping, as well as innovative and hands on adjustments, we work with each family to ensure every child is reaching their potential.

Meet our team

Matt Lowell, MPT, Manager, Wheelchair, Seating and Mobility
Scott Jerome, MPT, CPSI
Claire Behnke, D.P.T., CPST
Jennifer Janowicz, D.P.T.

General maintenance

Wheelchairs, just like your car, perform better when they receive regular maintenance. We work to identify adjustments that can be made before they become a bigger problem. A six to nine-month tune-up (depending on what the child's practitioner recommends) can be scheduled at the end of appointments.

Financial considerations

Our team will work with each child and their family to utilize their insurance to obtain prescribed equipment according to individual needs. Learn more about our payment and insurance policies.

Frequently asked questions

Can I bring my physical therapist to the appointment?

Any outside therapists involved with the child are invited to attend appointments. We appreciate their input.

How do I get scheduled?

To schedule your first appointment with Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City, call 800-314-4283. To make a return appointment to the wheelchair, seating and mobility program, call 801-536-3817.

How long does it take?

A basic wheelchair evaluation takes 90 to 120 minutes, depending on the child's need.

When should I come back?

We like to schedule routine appointments every six to nine months.

What should I bring to my appointment?

Please bring the following:

  • A change of clothing for the child in the wheelchair
  • Whatever the child is using now for mobility
  • If it is your first appointment, please bring any insurance information