Latter-day Saint Charities Updates

Workshop Helps Physical Therapists Do More for Wheelchair Recipients

Physical Therapists being trained how to fit a wheelchair to a recipient

As part of the LDS Charities wheelchair initiative, the Jordanian Royal Medical Services (JRMS) held a workshop where its staff learned how to assess individuals for appropriate wheelchairs. Colonel Zaid Hayajneh, a physical therapist, organized the workshop and recruited 16 other physical and occupational therapists. Participants represented five of the eight JRMS hospitals throughout Jordan. The JRMS director general, Dr. Khalaf Aljader, along with directors over other major JRMS divisions, attended the opening ceremony.

The training program included a half-day, hands-on instruction session on wheelchair assembly where 4 JRMS staff were responsible for teaching participants about wheelchair assembly, repair, and maintenance. The workshop also trained physical and occupational therapists on how to teach wheelchair recipients to use and care for their wheelchairs. The therapists practiced wheelchair mobility skills, which gave them a feel for the practicalities and limitations of using wheelchairs.

After the three-day training, participants had the opportunity, under the guidance of LDS Charities trainers, to conduct an assessment clinic with actual patients. Here, participants assessed and fitted 18 patients for new wheelchairs that had been donated by LDS Charities. One participant expressed gratitude for the precise training he received through this course. He said, “No longer will it be [merely a question of] small, medium, or large [wheelchairs]. We now have the tools and knowledge to do more good for our patients.”