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Two ROHO Employees to Present at European Seating Symposium 2011

European Seating Symposium logoDave McCausland, Senior Vice President of Planning and Government Affairs, and Bart Van der Heyden, PT, Director of European Training and Education, will present at the European Seating Symposium in Dublin, Ireland, from November 7–10, 2011.

Dave McCausland will be presenting “Cushion Characterization” on Wednesday, November 9 from 12:00–1:00 p.m. in the Dublin Room, Liffey A with Dave Brienza. The session will cover risk factors for developing pressure ulcers in nursing homes. It will also discuss a randomized control trial on the prevention of pressure ulcers with wheelchair cushions.

Bart Van der Heyden will be presenting “Why Similar Seating Problems are Solved Differently Across Europe” on Thursday, November 10 from 12.00–1.00 in the Eindhoven Room, Liffey Meeting Room 2. The presentation will discuss how perception of disability impacts medical care, with a focus on seating assessments. The perception of disability has shifted from a ‘medical model’ to a ‘social model.’ The ‘medical model’ treats the physical problems and tries to find a way to fix it. It focuses on how to cure. By distinguishing between impairment and disability, the ‘social model’ and creates an environment of inclusion and promotes a person’s abilities, rather than disabilities. The key learning objectives are:

  • Understand how perception of disability impacts service delivery and AT provision
  • Understand the importance of respecting the individual’s wishes, even when there are medical concerns that need to be addressed
  • Assess the relevance of different seating assessments
  • Seating techniques and seating interventions on several case studies in multiple care settings

The Symposium will be held that The Convention Centre Dublin off the River Liffey in Dublin, Ireland.

Click here for the European Seating Symposium’s program.

The ROHO Group will be exhibiting at booth F7 at the back right corner of the Exhibition Hall. Stop by the booth and say hello to the ROHO team members.

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