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Permobil Blog / June 12, 2024

Power wheelchair programming 101: How to program

Power wheelchair programming 101: How to program

In recent blogs we discussed why programming a power wheelchair is critical for successful outcomes and what can be programmed to meet the needs of the wheelchair user. In this blog we are excited to share how easy and intuitive programming is using Permobil’s wireless app based QuickConfig programming. For power wheelchairs that are equipped with Power Platform electronics, QuickConfig programming provides simplified programming for clinicians and equipment providers.

QuickConfig programming is available on all M & F series Corpus and Corpus VS models. To assist clinicians and equipment providers, QuickConfig features programming guides to help easily customize the power wheelchair for the end user. For example, you can quickly customize memory seating & standing positions with in-app visuals and the ability to grab live seating values from chair. Modifying or setting up a new drive profile for specific terrains or environments is quick, easy, and can be done while your client is using the wheelchair, testing out the programming changes in real time!

Pro-tips for a successful delivery:

  • Allow the end-user to be an active participant in the delivery process
  • When saving memory positions, name each of them (eg. Transfer, Van, Grooming, bladder management, pressure relief)
  • When making programming changes in driving, make one at a time, small changes and allow end-user to try
  • Remember to recommend follow-up if necessary
  • Assess end-user satisfaction through outcome measures (QUEST, FMA) to make sure you have met their needs and expectations!
  • Take the time to help the end user utilize the MyPermobil app so they can be informed on what is happening with their power wheelchair. This app provides them details on the battery charge, distance traveled, visibility to locations visited, and power seating activity. Click here to learn more.

Explore the Permobil QuickConfig page for further insights and information.


Leslie Wade, MOT, OTR/L, ATP
Regional Clinical Education Manager

Leslie Wade, MOT, OTR/L, ATP is an Occupational Therapist and a Regional Clinical Education Manager for Permobil. Leslie joined Permobil in February of 2019. Prior to this, she received her Masters of Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002 and practiced occupational therapy as a full-time clinician for people with spinal cord injuries. Through this she has learned the invaluable need for proper seating & positioning and mobility devices. In addition to providing education in her territory, she also teaches at local PT/OT programs. Leslie served as the VCU Health Safe Patient Handling and Mobility Champion. This opportunity provided her with extensive experience in program development, education, and mentoring.



Categories: Complex Rehab, Power, End Users, End User

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