Durable Medical Equipment: Getting the Right Device
Finding the right mobility device requires
thinking carefully, using experts, and, sometimes, taking political
by Amy Meisner-Threet, MSW
Elizabeth Bullard, OTR, has worked with hundreds of patients, including
many who have lost mobility due to multiple sclerosis (MS) She
has seen many patients injured unnecessarily. “Mobility loss
is a major and significant treatment challenge for thousands of
people of people living with MS,” states Bullard an occupation
therapist (OT) and Director of Case Management Northern Colorado
Rehabilitation Hospital in Johnstown, Colorado.
A 2008 Harris Interactive survey of more than 1,000 MS patients
found that 37% were embarrassed to use a mobility device, 36% said
they didn’t use mobility devices as often as they should.
The findings were troubling in light of the numbers of people with
MS who experience mobility problems: 64% of respondents reported
that they had lost their balance, 54% that they had trouble walking,
35% that they were unable to walk, 13% stating that they only walked
about twice a week.
To address these problems, Bullard has developed a safety guide
checklist for people to use before working with their specialists
to choose a suitable mobility devices:
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- Teen, family fight mysterious
illness with humor
Jessie Jerke, 19, left, of La Salle works to pick up a
playing card with her physical therapist, Katie Castleberry,
on Thursday afternoon at Northern Colorado Rehabilitation
Hospital in Loveland. Jerke suffers from an undiagnosed illness
that affects her speech and motor skills and is making her
eyes cross. The therapy is to help keep her muscles active.
"My mind is pretty sharp but this body is on
That's the kind of thoughtful statement you would
expect from Jessie Jerke, before her ability to express
it was robbed from her by an unknown thief.
Because of that illness, unless you spent an hour
or two with Jessie, 19, you might not see that girl.
Her parents, Bill and Jeannie, still see her, and
her friends still see her, and her boyfriend, Matt
Kniss, a senior at University High, sees her, which
is why he stays by her side when many others may
have already left.
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- Northern Colorado Rehabilitation
Hospital Educates Community on Services
Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital (NCRH)
has launched a media campaign to educate the community on their right
to choose a rehabilitation provider. You have a choice and not all
rehabilitation providers are the same.
The campaign rolled out in Johnstown, Loveland, Ft. Collins, Greeley
and Longmont with a focus on public relations and advertising via
newspaper, Internet, billboards and geographically targeted radio.
The campaign, which targets patients requiring specialized rehabilitative
care, features the tagline "I chose my rehabilitation provider
- and I chose well!"
As the only freestanding acute rehabilitation hospital serving northern
Colorado, Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital's (NCRH) state-of-the-art
facility specializes in the care of patients with stroke, trauma,
spinal cord injury, head injury and other disabling impairments.
For the third consecutive year, Northern Colorado Rehabilitation
Hospital has been ranked in the Top 10% of 813 inpatient rehabilitation
facilities by the UDSMR. Northern Colorado Rehabilitation Hospital
was cited for care that is effective, efficient, timely and patient-centered.
The campaign will run through November of 2009.
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Heard on KUAD 99.1 “K99- Colorado’s Best Country” and
KELS 104.7 "The Pirate"
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