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The Weight and Seating Independence Project (WSIP)

Gain control of your health and life! Pressure mapping technology and scales available statewide. Silhouettes of people in wheelchairs

Wheelchair Accessible Scales and Pressure Mapping Technology

MassMATCH is pleased to announce the availability of scales for wheelchair users and digital pressure mapping technology (PMT) in Western, Central and now Eastern Massachusetts. The Weight and Seating Independence Project (WSIP) is making this essential equipment accessible to individuals with disabilities, families, caregivers and other professionals. With funding from the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, MassMATCH is helping individuals with paralysis take control of their own health.

Woman in wheelchair on portable scale mat, outdoors, another woman is helping. A woman seated in a wheelchair observes a pressure mapping display.

 

Trainings with Pressure Mapping Technology (PMT)

Interface pressure mapping is used to show pressure points when someone is sitting or lying down. Too much pressure at one point can lead to skin breakdowns or other injuries. Pressure mapping technology is useful for determining appropriate seating and positioning for users of wheelchairs. These trainings are intended for individuals with disabilities, family members, home care providers, personal care attendants and others working with individuals with paralysis-causing conditions. Learn how to borrow and use pressure mapping technology. Help prevent life-threatening injuries!

Four trainings were held in 2017 and additional trainings are currently under development for late 2018, including a live webinar opportunity. The trainings are conducted by Mary Jo Wagner, OTR/L, ATP, of the Department of Developmental Services. Participants are awarded a certificate of attendance by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission.

In addition, NuMotion sponsored a webinar in July of 2018 on pressure mapping for clinicians. It is presented by Kim Davis, MSPT, ATP. The webinar is now archived on their website and free to watch (click the streaming link): Clinical Guidelines for Interface Pressure Mapping

To receive email notifications about planned training opportunities, please sign up for WSIP updates.

Weigh Yourself at an Independent Living Center (ILC) in Central and Western Mass!

Roll-on scales suitable for manual and power wheelchairs, including those with a bariatric wheelbase, are available for use at the ILCs listed here. Drop in or schedule a visit. First-time users will be asked to register with the WSIP so we can follow up for feedback and program evaluation. Registration is completely voluntary and the scales are available to anyone who uses a wheelchair.

AdLib (Pittsfield)

215 North Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
413-442-7047

Stavros (Springfield)

227 Berkshire Avenue
Springfield, MA 01109
413-781-5555

Stavros (Amherst)

210 Old Farm Road
Amherst, MA 01002
413-256-0473

The Center for Living and Working (Worcester)

484 Main Street, Suite 345
Worcester, MA 01608
Voice: 508-798-0350
Video Phone: 508-762-1164

Borrow a Portable Scale or Pressure Mapping Technology (PMT)

The MassMATCH AT Regional Centers in Pittsfield, Worcester and Boston provide visitors with equipment demonstrations of portable scales for wheelchair users and pressure mapping technology. The Centers also loan the equipment for 2 to 4 weeks at a time at no cost to individual wheelchair-users, families and professionals. WSIP loaner equipment enables you to...

  • Obtain your weight using a portable sling lift equipped with a scale attachment.
  • Learn your "global weight" or the weight of your mobility equipment alone (with the assistance of a support person) using a portable roll-on scale.
  • Pressure map your seating and/or sleeping positions.
  • Find how to release pressure in high-intensity areas.
  • Map different seating environments: car, commode, bed and even recreation equipment!
  • Learn to lessen the impact of different activities on your body.
  • Help prevent pressure sores!

Contact your nearest AT Regional Center (ATRC) to arrange an equipment demonstration and/or device loan. You may also browse a range of assistive technology available for borrowing at massmatch.org/inventory. There is no charge for borrowing equipment from a MassMATCH ATRC.

ATRC-Pittsfield operated by UCP-Berkshire

208 West Street
Pittsfield, MA 01201
Phone: 413-442-1562

ATRC-Worcester operated by Easter Seals MA

484 Main Street
Worcester, MA 01608
Phone: 508-751-6495 or 800-244-2756

ATRC-Boston operated by Easter Seals MA 

89 South Street
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: 617-226-2640 or 800-244-2756 

 

WSIP Outreach Flyers

WSIP Outreach Flyer - English (PDF)
WSIP Outreach Flyer - Spanish (PDF)
Please share this web page as an accessible option (www.massmatch.org/wsip.php).

Pressure Mapping User Information

Pressure Mapping Self-Evaluation (Word). This is a questionnaire that is included in a binder of information every borrower receives with the pressure mapping equipment. The binder includes a Quick Start Guide, information on pressure injuries and skin management, information on wheelchair clinics, funding and additional resources.

The Weight and Seating Independence Project (WSIP) is a program of MassMATCH, the Assistive Technology Act program for Massachusetts. MassMATCH is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and managed by the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission (MRC). WSIP is made possible by a grant funded through a cooperative agreement between the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation and ACL (cooperative agreement number 90PR3002-02-01; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance number 93.325).

Contact Us

Questions about the Weight and Seating Independence Project?

Contact:
Kobena.Bonney@state.ma.us
617-204-3826

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