The largest program of its kind in Southern California, the Seating Center at Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center helps individuals to identify customized wheelchairs (and related equipment) to realize effective independent mobility for an active life.
Physical Therapists, who are specially trained in wheelchair and equipment selection evaluate the unique needs of each individual to an appropriate mobility solution. Exceptional care is taken to collaborate with clients and family members to choose a safe, comfortable, and supportive wheelchair system that provides mobility at home and in the community.
If new equipment is recommended, Seating Center staff will coordinate the ordering process with the client’s physician, equipment supplier, and medical insurance provider and will deliver follow-up care to ensure that the equipment fits and is working effectively. The seating center has an established network of reputable vendors within the community.
- Cushion Evaluation – Is conducted to improve sitting comfort and posture and/or to protect against skin breakdown and pressure sores. Testing with a computerized pressure mapping system is available to assist in finding the best cushion solution.
- Wheelchair and Scooter Evaluations – For clients with existing equipment that is in disrepair, the Seating Center staff will assess the need for a new wheelchair or make a recommendation for wheelchair repairs. This service includes a mobility evaluation and training for the client and caregivers to ensure the best choice, safe use, and independence with any equipment prescribed.
- Sitting Posture Evaluation – To address concerns about slouched sitting posture, a curved spine or other sitting problems. Frequently, a problematic sitting position may affect a person’s balance, driving ability, and ability to perform daily activities, or may cause pain, fatigue and the development of pressure sores over bony areas. Adjustment of the wheelchair and new positioning equipment can provide support and stability to address these problems
- Complete Care – The Center has an assortment of new equipment available for trial during the evaluation which can also be loaned for trial at home if needed. If Arrangements may also be made with the vendor to provide trial equipment during the appointment or in the home setting. Any installation, modification, and/or redesigning of the seating system can be done by a technician who is a part of the Seating team. All relevant individuals including the equipment supplier are welcome and encouraged to accompany the client to the appointment.
Appointments / Referrals
Please complete the Outpatient Therapy Referral Form – Community and send or fax these forms to the Seating Center prior to making an appointment. Office staff is available to schedule an appointment Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. either by phone or in person.
For a new wheelchair, please obtain and bring an Estimate of Repairs for the old wheelchair from the equipment supplier.
For additional information, please contact:
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center
7601 Imperial Highway, Downey, CA 90242
Tel: (562) 385-7091 / Fax: (562) 385-6052