Widener University Physical Therapy Students Aid Chester Residents with Free Mobility Clinics

January 21, 2011

Members of the Chester community benefited from the outreach of 78 Widener graduate students from the Institute for Physical Therapy Education.

As part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service, the contingent of students and eight faculty supervisors split up into teams and over two days visited 11 community sites, including the Chester Senior Center, Community Hospital, and the YWCA.   The teams provided blood pressure screenings and assisted 44 people with use of  scooters, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, and canes.

In addition to cleaning and servicing the mobility devices, students replaced worn walker and cane tips.  In some cases, they provided a replacement walker or cane.  By the end of the project, 231 community members received the free services offered on Jan. 14 and Jan. 17.

Pictured are doctoral students Melinda Agarwal, Scott Cheney,  Pari Armat, Emily Asher and Lauren Anderson with Ms. Johnson, a Chester resident who benefited from a free wheelchair cleaning.


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