Therapeutic mobility evaluations provide a thorough, team-oriented examination of mobility and postural support needs. Both child and parent/caregiver perspectives are considered for all environments of equipment use. Optimizing functional capability and improving comfort through appropriate orthopedic support are primary goals.
A computerized pressure mapping system may be used to assist in cushion selection or decisions related to pressure sores.
A variety of manual and powered mobility devices are available for trial and simulation. Seating solutions may incorporate commercially available components or custom designed modifications.
Fabrication of custom equipment is completed in the Rehab Technology Center by experienced technology specialists with direct input from the child, parent, and therapists. Training in equipment use and maintenance happens throughout the construction and delivery phase.
Custom Seating Orthoses
Your physician has prescribed a custom seating orthoses for your child to aid in maintaining a good position in a wheelchair. A custom seating orthoses provides support to keep your child securely in their chair. A custom seating orthoses can also make your child more comfortable and place them in a more functional position in their wheelchair.
Pediatric Seating System Warranties
Our seating systems for children are warranted against manufacturing or material defects for a period of six months from the day your child is issued a new system.
Seating is not an exact science. It may take adjustments to seat your child just right. Please work with us to ensure that your child's system gives them the best possible result.
Four to six weeks following your child's final visit, we will follow up to see how your child is doing. If you have any concerns before that, please call immediately.
Additional OrthoSEAT Information
The center is located in downtown Grand Rapids, Michigan, at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital in the Mary Ives Hunting Center at 360 Lafayette SE. Our office is open 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Someone is available to schedule appointments during these hours.
Mobile seating services are also available in the West Michigan area for children who are best served in their school or health care facility. This allows for improved care provider input in some cases. Both evaluation and construction visits may be scheduled on a mobile basis, as necessary.
A signed prescription from your child's physician is needed for most appointments. Our evaluations are 1.5 to 3 hours; construction visits are 2 to 3 hours.
If it is necessary for you to cancel your child's appointment, please provide 24-hours notice. Please call the OrthoSEAT patient coordinator at 616.242.0342 or at 800.211.4813 to cancel and reschedule your child's appointment.
Other OrthoSEAT Services for Children
Mary Free Bed orthotists respond to calls from hospitals, nursing facilities, and other institutions. We are on-call 24 hours a day for emergency services at 616.242.0300. We accommodate walk-in patients around our regular appointment schedule.
For more information about orthotic seating, equipment, or assistive technology for children, please contact Mary Free Bed's OrthoSEAT Program:
616.242.0342 or 800.211.4813