Recent studies have shown that people with disabilities turn to their healthcare professional first for information about mobility equipment, such as wheelchairs, ramps, and lifts. Unfortunately, studies also show that these healthcare professionals don’t always have the most current information about this equipment. So they often turn to consumer sources for information, such as yellow pages and the internet.
“Healthcare professionals are an integral part of making sure that people with disabilities get the proper equipment for their lifestyle and condition,” says Dennis Charvat, General Manager for M.C. Mobility Systems. “Given the statistics we are getting on their overall knowledge of the mobility industry, we knew it was critical that we provide some sort of objective education on the equipment that is currently available.”
M.C. Mobility Systems responded to the need for increased education for healthcare professionals by launching a new continuing education website, specifically geared towards those healthcare professionals that work most closely with patients suffering from illnesses and conditions that effect their mobility: case managers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, driving rehabilitation specialists, and mobility engineers.
“We didn’t want this to be just another brochure for the mobility industry,” says Charvat, “We really wanted to offer something that gave an in-depth understanding of different conditions and how they necessitate different types of equipment. The equipment that will work for someone with spina bifida is not necessarily the same as the equipment for someone with multiple sclerosis.”
The new site, ceu.mcmobilitysystems.com, offers a series of courses in a variety of formats to the aforementioned healthcare specialties. Participants can choose from online formats that they complete at their own pace or live formats ranging from courses that can be completed in a lunch hour to a full day course.
Because M.C. Mobility Systems is a retail operation, they wanted to ensure that the continuing education courses being offered were clearly a separate, objective part of their business. So in the interest of keeping the continuing education courses completely informational in nature, the company decided to offer them free of charge to learners.
“Offering these courses is our way of trying to close the gap on missing information about the mobility industry among healthcare professionals,” Charvat continues. “We want our potential customers to be getting the right mobility equipment information the first time they ask, and also give back to the healthcare professionals that have entrusted us with their patients’ safety.”
Healthcare professionals are encouraged to visit the new continuing education website at ceu.mcmobilitysystems.com, to view the full line of current course offerings. Courses range from 1 credit hours up to 7 credit hours, depending on the chosen length and format. Some accrediting agencies include the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA), the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC), the Ohio Physical Therapy Association (OPTA), Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA), and the Association for Driver Rehabilitation Specialists (ADED). The assignment of AOTA CEUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by AOTA.
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