University of Nebraska Medical Center

Seating Assessment

Proper sitting posture and comfort can improve a patient’s sitting balance, reduce the chance he/she will attempt to change positions unassisted due to discomfort, and enhance their physical function through appropriate postural support. Physical and occupational therapists can make recommendations on proper seating options for a given patient. Depending on his/her impairments, a patient may need complex features such as customized wheelchair seating, while others may benefit from relatively simple modifications to his/her bedside chair.

Seating Assessment Education

Print Resources

  • RESNA Position Statement: This position statement from the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) provides information, guidance, and recommendations regarding the appropriate use of postural supports in settings where physical restraint policies are in effect.