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Where We Shine

Custom Wheelchair Seating

More Than Two Decades of Experience in Proper Support and Comfort

At UDS, we specialize in Custom Wheelchair Seating Technology, which is why we are a leading resource for therapists, individuals, families, and caregivers throughout the Central Pennsylvania region. Creating an effective custom wheelchair seating system for someone with unique physical needs can include the integration of many components—molded orthotic seat and back, shoulder harness, padded hip belt, foot box, adjustable head support, trunk support, elbow blocks and tray.

Because UDS has our own in-house Home Medical Equipment division, we can provide both the wheelchair and the seating. We specialize in manual, power and complex rehab wheelchairs. Although Custom Wheelchair Seating can work with other local Home Medical Providers, when you get your chair from UDS Home Medical Equipment, scheduling is easier, billing procedures are simplified and communication is more efficient for the family, the therapist and for all involved.

Pressure Mapping: The Latest in Comfort Creation Technology

A useful comfort-added tool we offer is Pressure Mapping which can be done in the field or at our custom wheelchair seating facility. Using the XSensor Pressure Mapping system, our specialists are able to assess the pressure distribution under the client as they sit on the sensor mat . A full-color computer image shows the areas of highest and lowest pressures. Individualized reports and recommendations to reduce the incidence of pressure sores can be sent to the client’s physician, therapist, clinic and insurance carrier.

The Custom Seating Process

  1. Professional Evaluation
    The first step is evaluation and measurement at a residential facility, school, hospital, therapy center, or at our Lancaster facility. Working closely with the therapist, family, caregiver, and custom wheelchair frame vendor, we measure, design, and specify all necessary components. The team performs a comprehensive assessment of the person’s physical needs, including medical history, range of motion, anatomical measurements and orthopedic concerns.
  2. Gaining Insurance Approval
    The therapist writes a detailed “Letter of Medical Necessity” to justify each specified component for the insurance carrier. Prior Authorization is obtained from the insurance carrier and fabrication begins.
  3. Fit and Fabrication
    Wearing everyday clothing, we position the client on a specially designed beanbag-like device that precisely contours to the shape of the individual. Accurate molds of the seat and back are created by applying a vacuum. A digitized 3-D computerized image is used to carve the seat and back to the exact size and shape of the individual. We can even create a custom carved seat out of multiple layers of high-density foam. A variety of seat coverings are available to meet specific requirements.
  4. Delivery and Final Fitting
    At the time of delivery, we conduct a final fitting at the individual’s location or our Lancaster facility, making any necessary adjustments to ensure optimal comfort and utility. The result: a remarkably effective custom seating system that addresses the client’s unique medical, positioning, and comfort needs.

Counties Served in Pennsylvania

UDS serves Adams, Berks, Carbon, Chester, Columbia, Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Juniata, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Luzerne, Lycoming, Mifflin, Montgomery, Montour, Northampton, Northumberland, Perry, Schuylkill, Snyder, Sullivan, Union and York.

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